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Won't start - Turns over but won't run. Happened quickly. Is there a rash of faulty ignition switches in this vehicle?

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  • ImportTek May 11, 2010

    No rash of faulty ignition switches. Is there any strange lights on? Security? or anything unusual? Is there fuel pressure? Does it fire at all or does it just turn over? When it turns over does it turn over freely and faster than usual? Is there any sounds when it turns over? Kinda have to be very specific in your question when it comes to very generalized problems like this.

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Sometimes the passlock in the ignition goes bad and will casue this,sometimes the BCM goes bad and will cause this,,,i suggest go to dealer

Posted on Oct 09, 2009

  • Chris Oct 09, 2009

    sometimes the passlock in the ignition goes bad and will casue this,sometimes the BCM goes bad and will cause this,,,i suggest go to dealer

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