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No responce when key is turned, battery good as a jump start doesn't help. All lights and dash come on.

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If eerything is coming on the wire to the starter is not makinga connection. The most common place for this to haen is at the ositive battery cable connection at the battery. Theirs two battery cables connected under the same bolt dirt gets in the connection and the one to the starter doesnt make connection. Take it off and clean it the white stuff doesnt transfer lectrictity and with it good andclean and tight it'll work fine. Yes the strater can be bad or the park switch isnt making connection or its not in park or neutral. If the starter is acting up you might start itby holding the key to start and smacking the starter. Te vibration of your hit may have it connectinside and itll start the egine .. It mightnot do it again as if its bad it's not going to get better. If it starts this way install a rebuilt starter that you can get at your arts store or go to your mechanic and have the install one. Have them test and evaluate the rest of the system ( Battery, altenator, Starter, Cables, belts and general up keep and have them bring it u to date with required and recommended services.

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Theres a ignition acuator that is in the colume made of potmetal that probaly broke (igniton rack).its a dealer item so go to pull and save to find one

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This happened to me once & I thought the worst. Then I took the 1st rule: Simple Things First. I cleaned the battery posts and clamps. Still no start.
I tested the starter, fuses, wires, etc.until I was ready to pull my hair out. Then I thought about that battery. Yes, the battery was good, and I had put a full charge on it.

Oh, but when I got the car the seller had just slapped a battery in it. It wasn't the right battery for the car! The clamps SEEMED tight but apparantly weren't doing the proper contact. So I took two screws and wedged them in betwwen the clamps and posts.

All that work and possibe $$$

All I needed was a few screws.............

(oops!)

Moral: start with the simple things. When you jumped it, did you make DIRECT contact with the jumper cables to the battery posts?

Just sharing my experience and hopefully you don't have to spend a lot of money on parts you don't need.

Always make sure you have a few "loose srews" laying around somewhere.
ha ha

Posted on Nov 07, 2010

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