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Ignition and/or starter problem.

2005 Toyota Matrix: Battery is fully charged, started fine yesterday. Now when I turn key in ignition...nothing. No attempting to start noise, no clicking. Does not seem to do anything at all, just dead.

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  • anuric72222 Jun 02, 2009

    I found the problem myself. The bolt that holds the positive clamp to the battery post had broken. replaced bolt & nut, tightened it, car started right up.

  • skippy0626 May 11, 2010

    you may have a "bad spot" in the starter...did you try hitting the starter with a hammer while someone cranks the vehicle?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    turns over will not fire

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Matrix 2003, last summer wouldn't crank up on a hot day (battery ok, no click, nothing), but did crank up and start in the evening when the car cooled down. Found out that the wire plug to the starter solenoid had loose contact when hot; fixed that by inserting a piece of a bare metal paper clip into the plug. This summer the car was sitting for 2 weeks w/o being started (out of town), afterwards didn't crank up with the same symptom (no click) even in the evening. Found out there was no 12V to that same starter solenoid plug when the key was turned to start position. By turning the key on and off several times, the car finally cranked up and started, so looks like now it's the ignition switch. Haven't replaced it yet, waiting to see if the problem will show up again.

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