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This is about to be rather lengthy, so I apologize in advance. I traded for a 98 Firebird on April 19th. Already broke down. The problem doesn't lie within the engine or transmission however. What happened is I went to start it the other morning and it wouldn't start until the second turn of the key. No biggie, I thought and drove on. When I wanted to return home, same thing. Took until the second turn. On the first turn nothing at all happened. Later that day, I decided to go get gas. Took until the second turn again. Got to the gas station and pumped. This time, it wouldn't start at all. I got out and wiped off the battery terminals and luckily it started. I took it home and parked for about an hour and tried again. It never started again. This all started and ended in one day. So I took my battery to advance auto to get it tested. It checked out. The guy said to buy a new key switch because that sounded like the problem. So I did. My grandfather and I got the new key cut and installed the new switch into the car. Before we put the steering column completely back together, we tried to start it and it started right up. The next day while I was away my grandfather put the rest of it back together and it wouldn't start. I forgot to mention that when you put the key in the ignition the dash flashes lights on and off and random clicking occurs. So he assumed he'd broken the key switch again and bought another one and got it cut. We installed the second new one today and never got the car to start. All I get is all the clicking and random flashing everywhere. I also forgot to add that at one point in time we had the security system going off upon messing with the battery (which I don't know how to operate, and that was before we installed new key switches). So we cut the wire that controls it. At this point, both of us are at a loss for what to do and I don't have money to put it in a shop. Please help.

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Sounds like the electrical part of the ignition switch, not the lock cylinder that needs replacing.
Possible also that cutting that wire to the security module immobilized it.

Posted on May 09, 2013

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SOURCE: 95 F150 wont crank

the starter should be replaced. The solenoid is kikcing the pinion out but there is no contact being made to turn the starter motor. I have the exact same truck and before i changed the starter used the old starter tap trick. Tap the starter casing with a hammer and it should start turning again. hope this was helpful for you. Good luck.

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Check your battery cables for tightness, especially your ground cable. Now you have a new battery, so you have eliminated that as the source of the problem. Turn on your headlights, do they go out or very dim when attempting to start the car? If so, you have a poor electrical connection somewhere - loose cable, bad cable, possibly bad ignition switch.

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try over riding the starter relay on the fender ,it has one there right?. dont go to a mechanic yet. the engine aint seized. if it doesnt have this relay then i would get the alternator tested. if you want to test it yourself it can be costly for the right equip. autozone usually tests for free. i dont know were you live so if theres not an autozone. let me know if you cant get it tested.

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SOURCE: clicking starter=car not starting

the battery is located under the rear seat, check battery connections. if connections are tight replace starter.

Posted on May 19, 2009

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SOURCE: turn the key and nothing happens,no crank,no sound,no start

It seems that you have a loose wire, bad connector or perhaps the main computer itself that is causing a problem If the shop is not seeing any codes, or codes come and go, likely I'm right...but someone is going to have to actually do some intensive testing to find the real cause. You can likely get another computer from a local scrapyard far cheaper than what the dealer will charge you...as far as wiring, you need a good accurate schematic a good volt/ohmeter and lots of time to trace wiring. When checking connectors test the pin, then probe the wire going into the pin...often the problem is where a wire meets the backside of the pin, either corroding or breaking..This also applies to any modules such as the security system...what you see on the dash does not always tell you that connection to components is good. This is not a "fix, but rather, a direction to go in. (exactly what I"d need to do if I was there)
Right now, everything is suspect including fuel system, till you rule it out!!!

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