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My 1996 dodge stratus es wont start!

I put on new starter and battery and no luck. when i try to start it nothing happens no sound,just break light comes on and stays on as long as i keep the key turned forward.

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  • belong_2_mik May 25, 2009

    checked fuse wasn't blown. i just bought the starter .

    i get power to the car, when i try to start it u can hear a noise comeing from the fuse box under hood.kind of like a light ticking noise. no heat comes from the car either just cold.something about a pump

  • belong_2_mik May 26, 2009

    no it wasnt ever stolen. but 3 weeks ago it was fine then the starter went out. my friend tried to start the car (repeated severl times) The battey gets juice. do u think something got burned up from trying to start it so many times?

  • belong_2_mik May 26, 2009

    its an automatic. now the battery wont keep a charge longer than five minutes. i think it might be an electrtical problem.(but idk)

  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    sounds like your neutral safety switch



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Ok. Here is the answer...I had the same thing happen to my Stratus. Turns out the problem was the ignition electrical switch. Same thing was happening not a sound from the engine just the BRAKE light would come on. Here's how you can test it. Leave the ignition switch on and using a jumper wire or equivalent run power from the battery to the starter wire. The car should turn on confirming the problem is in the ignition switch and not the starter. Good luck to you.

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Sounds like the starter here is why....
fuse blows in the under hood fuse block because the draw is to high to the starter. I got lucky and changed to a higher amp fuse to start the car to get in to my garage..... DO THIS ONLY ONCE AS HIGH CURENT IS NOT THE FIX,

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  • oldspwr83 May 25, 2009

    start by checking the battery for voltage

    check all connections for corrsion @ battery due to age of vehicle and location of battery you may have an issue

    check ground cable

    check for voltage at the starter

    clean or replace anything bad

    remove fuse and check with ohm meter

    check neutral safety switch for correct operation.

    was your car ever stolen in the past and the ignition switch punched out ?

  • oldspwr83 May 26, 2009

    If all connections are good fuse good battery good I would look at the neutral safety switch and confirm its operation. Is it a standard or automatic ?



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