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Pontiac montana wont start

I have a 2000 pontiac montana, I got out and turned it off and when I got back in to leave it wouldnt start. All of the dash lights and dinger and headlights and auto locks and everything still works as it is suposed to. I was told it was a bad starter so we put a new starter and it still wont turn over. I have cleaned both battery terminals changed starter checked every fuse and still can figure it out. Before it quit some times I would turn the key and it wouldnt start like its doing now but I would turn the key off and back on and it would start. please help me figure this out and tell me its a simple fix.. thank you.. lorie

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Sound like ignition switch going bad or have loose wire to ignition switch.

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check the main wire from the battery to the starter 1st if it is ok remove the starter and take it to any major parts store and them retest it on a bench machine (they do it free)

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the circle on the dash is smart lock..(ignition cut off like a kill switch immobilser) the only way to fix that is take it to ford or a macahnic its a module inside the ignition ,,,or the computers smartlock aint letting it go

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I have had the exact same problem. There is an ignition lock that probably went off. There is a fuse box under the hood. The fuse that says ignition on it pull it out and put it back in. This should reset the ignition lock. Its a safety feature because the car thinks that someone was trying to tamper with it.

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Its likely that you have either a bad ignition switch or a bad neutral safety switch (if stickshift, clutch switch) Try starting in neutral...if it starts, change neutral switch (jump across clutch switch, check starting in neutral with your foot on the brake) Ignition switch is on top of steering column under dash.

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