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Ignition problem when I try to start the 2005 canyon 4 cyl, I have power for lights, gauges, etc., but the engine wont turn over. have cleaned all battery connections, and verified that the battery is fine. I am wondering if this could be a coil pack, or just the ignition switch. all help is appreciated. Gabe I have an 04 canyon with the same problem. Everything lights up but when I try to engage the starter it either clicks lightly or makes no sound at all. After several tries it will finally engage. I have read where several canyon PUs are having the same problems. Also, my theft light now comes on sporadically. What's up??

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Check that ground on engine is clean and secure, check power at the starter trigger wire (12v with key turned to start)



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Sounds like the factory immobiliser

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