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1996 Toyota Corolla DX 1.8L 4 Dr. Sedan doesn't start; no clicking sound when turning ignition key; power windows don't roll down; and AC doesn't turn on. I have a battery charger and charged the battery to 100% but that did not solve the starting problem. Things that work: Horn; dome lights; head lights; and hazard blinkers. WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM?

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  • blanco_archi Jul 28, 2009

    Battery posts are clean and connections are tight at the terminals. I also tried tapping on to the starter solinoid while my sister turned the ignition key all the way(I BELIEVE THAT IT WAS A STARTER SOLINOID I WAS TAPPING WITH A WRENCH). Also, why wouldn't the the power windows and AC work at the same time when I turn the ignition key to ACC. Is there a related problem?

  • blanco_archi Jul 29, 2009

    I need a second opinion from another expert because if you say there is a problem with ground, how can other things in my car work?

    Here's my problem again:

    I have a 1996 Toyota Corolla DX, 1.8L, 4 dr. Sedan; The engine doesn't start; there's no clicking noise when I turn the key in the ignition; I have a charger and recharged the battery to 100% and the car still won't start(battery terminals are clean and tightly connected); also, I noticed that the AC doesn't turn on; the power windows doesn't go down; and, the power door locks doesn't work for the other doors.

    Things that do work:

    dome lights, hazard blinkers, head lamps, and horn.

    WHAT'S CAUSING THESE PROBLEMS; BUT, MAINLY WITH STARTING THE CAR?

  • blanco_archi Jul 29, 2009

    This solution is comprehesive and most logical. I believe my problem will be solved. Thanks!

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Here are the things that you need to check:

1. Alternator
2. Check the wires on the solenoid, make sure that they are on the correct terminals.
3. Check for a blown link or fuse in the link/fuse box in the engine bay labeled BATT.

Try to bypass the ignition switch (make sure transmission is in neutral or park) by unplugging the push-on connector from the solenoid "S" terminal. Connect a jumper wire or remote starter switch between the battery positive terminal and the exposed "S" solenoid terminal. The starter should crank the engine. If the starter cranks the engine, check for an open in the circuit between the starter and ignition switch, and connectors. Also, check the ignition switch and the fusible link. On cars with automatic transmissions, check the A/T gear position switch (neutral position switch) and connector. The transmission range sensor (PRNDL) could also be out of adjustment or defective. On cars with manual transmissions, check the starter cut relay, clutch interlock switch, and connectors.

Because of the other items not working, pay particular attention to the ignition switch, which appears to be the common link to both set of problems.

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The starter solenoid is not engaging to run the starter motor to turn it over. Sometimes it's located right on the starter motor and other times it's up near the wheel well. Check the connections on the battery first. Tighten and clean posts if needed.

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    Craig Butler Jul 28, 2009

    It could have been the negative ground wire coming from the engine block back to battery. Check it too, It might even come from the starter motor.
    Please rate my solution, thanks and good job

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