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My 1999 Rodeo won't start right away. Sometimes, you turn it and nothing happens, put it in neutral (this is an automatic by the way) and it will start. Other times, it won't make a noise when you turn your key, put it in neutral, same thing, put it back to Park and it will turn over and start. Lastly, this might go on for several minutes going from not turning over, or barely turning over for a couple of seconds before dying, or until finally it finally catches and barely starts. I had the battery recharged and it worked fine for just over a week before it started doing this again. The shop told me to check to see if the headlights were bright when this is going on and they appear to be. Could it be the battery isn't holding a full charge and not giving enough voltage? Or could it be something else.

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  • dfosty Sep 29, 2009

    New Battery, same problem. When I turn the key, no response, slowly after a half-dozen times trying, it will slowly begin to turn over and finally eventually starting. It is like the alternator is slowly kicking in, not sure. Maybe there is a problem with the ground. I don't know why it will eventually start - to me, it should either work or not start up at all.



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2 things, first have the battery checked/replaced. if all is well with battery. second, very unlikely, its the switch that makes sure you are in park or neutral before engine will get contact.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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    bozcro Sep 29, 2009

    from this new information i would suggest checking all the large cables from battery to engine block and to starter. make sure they are clean and tight.



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