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New starter but car wont start

My car wouldnt start changed the starter, check the battery, and aldernater. took starter to shop and it tested good along with cylinode. i am not geting any juice from the ignition to the cylinode. when i turn the car on acc and the on works but when i turn the ignition to start everything dies. cant figure out what the problem is please any advice will help

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  • robrook Apr 17, 2009

    my ignition is on the dash not the steering wheel column how would i check the switch? i can get the ignition cylinder out of the switch but then how do i check it???

  • robrook Apr 17, 2009

    i put in a new switch and nothing changes the only thing i know to do is chase down all the wires and check for bare spots. any sugestion on any other causes????

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    when you turn key car wouldn't start took starter out and bench tested it the starter works fine put it back in same problem. crossed starter over but died right away

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Funny...you have just told me what is wrong with it!!!
check power in, power out at the ignition switch...likely it has failed. switch is on the top of the steering column under the dash and is sometimes easier to reach if you disconnect the column from the dash and permit the sterering wheel to rest on the seat.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Apr 17, 2009

    You don't have a problem with the key portion of the switch...it's the electrical part that likely has a malfunction.Since they moved the switch, I hope the electrical part isn't somewhere else now (they keep doin' stuff like this just to confuse me, since I left the business!!!)
    Anyhow, wherever the electrical portion of the switch is, you need to look at it!!!


  • Richard Scordino Apr 18, 2009

    Sometimes makes me wonder if this is an evil game someones playing...This looked like an easy fix with a quick happy ending!!! Well, OK...Check to see if there is a relay that goes between the switch and starter. It should be grouped with a cluster of relays under the hood on a fender or near firewall. Don't let this go too far without good info...get a decent manual like chiltons (or some vehicle -specific one...they usually are around $20 or so.) Check for power at the small trigger wire on starter as well. I have seen starters test good and not be. if there is 12v at the main terminal of the starter and 12v at the trigger wire with the key turned to start, the starter is not good. How did you check the alternator if the engine will not start? Did you charge and load test battery?

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