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Turn the key to start car lights on dash come on but than when i hit the igintion all the dash lights go off and it doesn't crank no sound at all dead.

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Battery is dead recharge battery and try again

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

  • jon toms Oct 27, 2011

    it's not the battery.wiring somewhere.would not make a pimple on a guru's ***....

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Scenario: You turn the key, but nothing happens: And by nothing, we mean there is no dash light, no sound, nada. The first thing you should do in this case is to pop the hood and check the battery. Either the battery is completely dead or there's a wiring problem in the starting system. Try jump-starting the battery. If that doesn't work, you'll probably have to call for assistance.

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Scenario: When you turn the key, the lights on the dash come on, but you don't hear anything. Make sure you have the shift selector all the way in park. Move it out of park and then back, or try starting it with the shifter in neutral. If your car has a manual transmission, make sure you have the clutch pressed all the way to the floor. If that doesn't help, you can try jump-starting the battery, but it probably won't work. There's a good chance your car has a bad starter or a problem in the starting circuit. That could mean a prob­lem in the ignition switch, neutral safety switch or starter sole­noid.

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Google your findings, if any, for possible solutions.

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