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When I turn the key the dash lights turn on, but engine doesn't do anything. I think the battery is ok.

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You can turn your headlights on and turn the key if the light go out, then the battery is dead. More then likely it is the starter, you can locate the starter and tap on it to see if it will click or engage while someone turns the ignition on. Good Luck Tim

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That will probably be your ignition switch. you can check to make sure but you have to take it out to test it. The ignition switch is below the steering column. You also need a chart to tell you which terminals are for which system and what your ohms should be. If i had to guess what was wrong with your vehicle i would Say it's the switch since your battery is good. If you haven't checked your fuses yet I would do that first before anything else. I hope I could be of assistance.

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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.

Scenario: When you turn the key, you hear a rapid clicking sound, and the dash lights dim. This is your classic low-battery symptom. Jump-starting the battery should get the engine to start.However, if you keep experiencing this problem, you could have a bad battery or alternator, or it could be some­thing as simple as a loose alternator belt. Take your car to a mechanic just as soon as you can.

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Scenario: When you turn the key, you hear a single, hard clunk. Turn the headlights on and try again. Do the lights dim slightly when you turn the key? If so, you probably have a bad starter or a seized engine. If the headlights don't dim at all, or just barely dim, there may be a connection problem between the starter solenoid and the starter itself.

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Scenario: The engine seems to crank normally, but the engine doesn't even sound as if it's trying to start. Is there gas in the tank? Gas gauges are notoriously inaccurate. If you have to move your head to one side to get the needle to move off empty, try adding some gas to the tank.

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Scenario: The engine cranks unevenly in a repetitive-sounding pattern. You may have a bad timing chain or timing belt. Call a tow truck and have it towed to the repair shop.


Starting Problem # 3: Engine Starts but It Shuts Off

Scenario: The engine starts right up, but shuts off as soon as you release the key. This is the classic symptom of a bad ignition switch. A new switch should fix it.

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As SOON as theft light turns off, try to start.

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