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Have a ls j2020 h series. When trying to start I turn the key and the engine starts but when the key is released it shuts off

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Contacts in the back of you ignition switch are closing because the little tab thingy has failed to stop it going back too far

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When i turn the key the car will start then immediately shut off. Whats going on?


The batteries in the key don't have anything to do with its ability to start the car. Try turning the key to the run position several times before starting the car. This will get the fuel pump running and build pressure in the fuel system. If this technique works you are looking at a fuel pressure leak when the car is off. If the problem only happens when the engine is hot, you likely have a failing crankshaft position sensor. Beyond that, I can't help without the car in front of me for testing.

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The security system is keeping the engine from starting. In order to manually learn the security, you should try the following. With a fully charged battery, and all accesories, including headlamps, and dome lamp off, turn the key on, crank the engine for a second, then release the key. Leaving the ignition on for ten miniutes, the security light will shut off. turn the key off, back on, then repeat. This needs to be done 3 times, after 30 mins, try starting the engine. It should have relearned, and start up. Good luck...coop

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Be sure its all the way in park or try neutral.Its possible that security system does not recognize the key. Is security light flashing or on steady? Shut all doors and windows,trunk,hood, turn off all accessory's,roll down drivers window, turn key off and remove for at least 1 minute, insert key into ignition, try to start leaving key to run position for 20 minutes, turn key to off,wait 15 seconds, try to start again leaving key to run, wait 20 minutes, turn key off,wait 15 seconds, try to start, again leaving key to run, wait 20 minutes, turn key off, wait 15 seconds, try to start. This should relearn key code. It may relearn after 1 learn cycle and start if system is ok. Hope this helps and that the weather is dry and warm for this procedure! This is not always a fix, but works most of the time.

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