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I can't start my car with my keys I start it from the starter to the batteries with a metal rod I changed my starter and still nothing changed my ignition switch its the 92 Honda accord standard

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Starter relay maybe ! suggest you have it checked by a qualified repair shop !

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Replaced starter and key switch 96 windstar won't start have power to starter

A metal activator rod generally moves back and forth along the steering column from the key lock to the ignition switch (generally mounted on the steering column. If the rod had been dislodged or the ignition switch had shifted position during your pervious efforts, turning the key will not allow the voltage to get to the starter.

Be prepare to be very uncomfortable twisted around under the dash and steering column. :(

Dec 30, 2013 | 1996 Ford Windstar

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Turn key to start and nothing

Low or dead battery most likely, use this procedure to trouble shoot the system:
NOTE: some vehicles have the starter relay and starter mounted together as 1 unit. Sometimes the starter relay and starter are seperate. When I refer to "relay" it could also mean the starter and relay as 1 unit.
Note: "starter switch" is not to be confused with "key switch", although sometimes they are all one unit. The starter switch is usually mounted on the steering column and actuated by a metal rod. On units that are all one unit, the keyswitch/starter switch (both one unit) will have to be replaced. (this is a rare problem, so don't get worried just yet)
1. Check battery voltage, should be between 12.5-14.5 volts. if low voltage replace or charge battery, and try to start car, if it don't crank with new or charged battery, move on.
2. Check connections on the starter relay, even the small one coming from your starter switch. if loose or corroded, clean with a brush and reconnect them. Try to start your car. Did it start? if not, Move on
3. Well now we know the connections aren't the problem. How about a click? did you hear one? If a click is heard, go to #4, if nothing is heard, go to #5
4. Well at least the relay is clicking, but nothing else is going on. The relay is working, so the starter must be bad. Replace the starter and start your car!
5. Humm, connections aren't the problem, maybe the relay is bad, replace your relay with a new one. Move on
6. Now we have a new relay, with clean and tight connections. Start your car. Does it start? If yes, then HORRAY! we fixed it. Does it click? If so then goto #7, If it don't click, then goto #8
7. So here we have a new relay, with good connections that will click when trying to start the car, but nothing else happens. Starter is faulty, replace the starter, and off you go, see ya!
8. So here we have a new relay, with good connections, but it still won't click when we try to start our car. This means that your starter switch is faulty. Replace starter switch and try to start your car. Vroom! finally done with this car problem!
List of shortcuts: if you remove the starter switch lead (small wire) from the relay and apply +12v to its respective prong or lead on the relay, and your starter cranks, your starter switch is faulty. You can actually hook up a starter button this way. If you jump the two large wires together on the relay and it cranks, then the relay is faulty. If you jump the two large wires together and nothing happens, then starter is faulty, or wires to starter are loose or broken.

Dec 13, 2013 | 2000 Ford Escort

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Starter relay is actually mounted on top of the starter. Have you checked to see if your "new" battery was fully charged? If it is, then i would try a new starter which comes with a new starter relay. If you don't think its any of the above, it must be your starter switch. NOTE: starter switch is not where you put the key in, its mounted somewhere on your column, maybe even close to the floor and is actuated with a rod. You can actually start your car without a key after you find where the switch is located. Just pull down on the rod. (little known fact you can start a car without a key this way, hope your not a car theif, you can steal anycar this way lol)

Dec 07, 2013 | 2003 Mitsubishi Galant

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I was having problems with my starting, when I got a jump it started... Then the other day it wouldnt do anything at all and my key got stuck in the ignition... along with making a clicking noise. So we...

I suspect you mechanical ignition switch if faulty. This is located on top of the steering column by the drivers feet. Disconnect battery to prevent activation of airbag .Remove the panel under the steering wheel and the nuts or bolts holding the column to the dash. Lower the column and you will see a rectangular box mounted on top that has a wiring harness on the driver side and a metal rod out of the top. This is the mechanical switch that I believe is bad. Mark the location with a scribe or sharp metal point along 2 sides. Remove mount screws, unplug harness, and carefully remove metal rod from bottom of switch. Install metal rod in new switch, making sure the rod moves freely and does not bind up. Remount switch, aligning with the marks you made on the column. Put key in lock cylinder and test operation of the switch by turning fully to the start position, watching that metal rod for movement and return of switch to normal operating position. If you have it aligned correctly you will see the rod move as you turn the key to the start position and move as you release the key. Plug in the wire harness and and reinstall column, then panel and reconnect battery.
Hope this helps!!

Dec 11, 2010 | 1997 Oldsmobile Achieva

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1997 pontiac grand prix when key is turn to start it;s just clicks, it will not start, i try to bost with other car no help.

This sounds like a bad starter, i would remove the battery and have it tested, if the battery tests good and fully charged then i would replace the starter, it sounds like a dead spot. a quick test is to have someone hold the key in the start postion and you hit starter with a hammer or metal rod and see if it starts, sometimes it will, this means starter is bad,hope this helps.

Nov 16, 2010 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix

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When you turn the ignition key the starter just clicks and the engine won't even turn over.

The starter motor solenoid is faulty. The only real fix is to replace it, but as it's attached as an integral part of the starter motor you have to change the entire starter motor assembly.

In the meantime, you may be able to get the car started if you give the solenoid a sharp tap with a hammer before starting.If access is difficult, then you may need to place a long metal rod (or a long screwdriver) against the solenoid and then tap the end of the rod. This trick usually works, but only if the solenoid isn't too far gone.

Sep 11, 2010 | 1999 Chrysler Sebring

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Car sometimes wont start. Nothing. No clicking grinding or any power. Then after awhile it will start just fine I've checked battery connections all clean and tight.

If lights come on and no click at all with the starter, then it might be shifter postition lockout, defective ignition connector behind the key assembly or a bad connection at the starter. Many mechanics know to bang on the starter with a metal rod and someone turning the key to the start position. Some battery positive cables (should be red) are multi connector type so check the positive for corrosion at all the connectors.

Jun 29, 2010 | 1993 Honda Accord

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Turn on ignition everything works but want start

sounds like a starter. if possible without getting hurt maimed or mutilated, try tapping on the starter (best done with a rod standing beside the car) while someone holds the key in the start position. if car starts (works about 50% of the time) it's the starter. otherwise, if all lites come on, radio works, etc but nothing when you turn the key, replace the starter

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