I tend to have radio on when I start car-think it has started, put into reverse-not realizing it did not start. it trys to turn over-nothing. wait 4 hours and it will start again. I am doing something wrong-i am a 19 year old college student--so not to knowledgable-and not at home to get dad's help :)
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Re: random starting issue
You will need to Change or Have them Changed, The Fuel Filter and the Fuel Pump. Also Check the Fuel Pump Relay in the Fuse Relay Box under the Hood. Let me know if you need any Further Help! Please Rate my Response, I need all the Help that I can Get!
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You may want to look at the neutral safety switch. The shift linkage!!! Weird things that things causes. I had 1997 Taurus would not start because it though it was in gear. When started and running you put in reverse the radio quit working. LOL weird man.Try to push the shift lever up or down one way when turning the key. If it start get a new ns Switch. $37 pretty easy to install.
My 2006 Liberty has a similar issue. The oil light beeps and then the engine shuts off. I put the car in park and it restarts and the oil light goes off. I had the oil, filter, and lines checked and everything checked out. The mechanic thinks it may be the oil sensor going out and that for safety reasons the engine shuts down when the oil light comes on.
Try jump starting it. I tend to agree with your battery thought, but instead of throwing parts at it - jump start and drive to any good local auto parts store (Autozone, Advance, etc...) and have them load test your battery and test your charging system... they do both of these tests FREE. You'll find what's troubling your "ride"
Its more time consuming than you would think. It involves the following tasks;1) Disassembling the lower dashboard, below the steering wheel 2) Actually replacing the lock, which is difficult because of special allen tools required, and locating the release pin. 3) carefully reconnect the wiring (simple task) 4) changing ALL the other locks, if you desire to have a master key again.( about 5 of them)
I believe the reason the lights would still work is due to the fact a light bulb doesn't discriminate about polarity. It would be fair to say you have fried relays in your car. These should be located in something that looks like a fuse box in your engine bay. Some may also be in your fusebox. Hope this helps and good luck.