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Car won't start, electricity still works, no noise, no clicks

I recently went out and when I came back out to my car it wouldn't start. I turned the key and the electricity still works. My AC still kicked on, the lights kicked on, my power locks still function, but it won't start.

The starter isn't making any noises like it is trying to turn over either. I get no noise, no clicks.

I popped the hood and saw a wire near my battery. The wire looked like it had been pressing against the battery post for quite some time and had eaten through.

The wire was moved away, the shifter jiggled, and the car started up.

The next day I went and tried to start my car again, and it is doing the same thing. I wrapped the wire in electrical tape to prevent it from shorting (if that is what it was doing) and was going to head to the parts store just to replace that wire (since that is what I think the problem is).

The issue is, wrapped and moved away it still won't start, and I don't even know what the wire is actually, it is just a theory.

What would cause my car to act in this manner? Am I even remotely right about the culprit being that wire?

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I think you might have answered your problem yourself. You said you wiggled or jiggled your shifter and it started.This might indicate a transmission interupt switch. The job of this switch is to only permit the vehicle to start in neutral or park preventing lunging forward and causing personal injury or property damage. If the switch is not bad perhaps connections are dirty. I hope this will help.

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Sounds to me that the starter is bad. take a screwdriver and making sure you dont touch anything else with it make it connect the large wire coming from the battery to the back of the starter to the small wire connector on the back of the sttarter. you may have to pull the wire off the small connector to do this. if crossing these 2 terminals does not make the starter turn then the starter is bad assuming you have power at the big wire which goes streight to the battery

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