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Sounds like the anti theft system is active m try this process. Turn the key on. Do not attempt to start. Wait 10 minutes. Turn key off. Turn key on. Wit for theft light to go off. Now attempt to start.
If you had said the radio did not work, I would say it was the key switch or a large fuse or fuseable link. But the radio is powered thru the key switch. The problem could still be the key switch or a major fuse, I would check all of the fuses then power at the key switch. Also check the ground connections.
I did not catch that it was a Diesel the first time. I had a Volvo with a VW/Audi Diesel at one time and it had a similar light for the glow plugs (the cylinder heater plugs). It came on momentarily when the key was first turned, but before starting the car. It would then go out when the cylinders were at the temperature to start the car, and I could then turn the key the rest of the way to start the car. Could this be it? They often do not come on in warm weather when they are not needed.
As far as determining which lamps are out, the easiest way is to have a friend walk around the car while you turn the different lights on and off, including the brakes and the turn signals. In the evening when you are parked, check the dashboard and the heater and radio controls to make sure that they are all lit, including the transmission indicator (PRNDL...). .Also, the lamp-out light can come one if a lamp is not fully into the socket, but you would notice a flicker then and not a steady light.
THIS INDICATOR IS FOR YOUR IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM..TRY ANOTHER IGNITION KEY WHEN STARTING VEHICLE..IF YOU HAVE ONE..THE KEY YOU ARE USING MAY BE FAULTY..THEY HAVE A TRANSPONDER CHIP IN KEY..THE DEALER WILL HAVE TO CUT YOU A NEW KEY IF YOUR'S IS BAD..THERE IS A SECURITY CODE FOR YOUR VEHICLE ONLY AVAILABLE THRU THEM..I HOPE THIS HELPS
1. Put the newly cut Master key into the keyway and turn it to the ON (RUN) position. A "security" indicator light on the dashboard will stay on for 10 minutes. 2. Within 1 minute after the indicator light goes off, turn the ignition to "OFF", then return to the ON (RUN) position. The indicator light again will stay on for 10 minutes (Do not remove the key.) 3. Again, within 1 minute after the indicator light goes off, turn the ignition to "OFF", then return to the ON (RUN) position. The indicator light again will stay on for 10 minutes. (Do not remove the key.) 4. When the light goes off the third time, the new key is programmed into the computer and will start the car. Remove the key and then re-insert it into the ignition lock and start the car. All previously stored codes will be erased. To stop the process at any time, simply remove the key and use an existing key to start the car.
sounds to me like you have a bad transponder in your key or reciever in your steering collumn, this is just a guess since you have not given us much to go on, year make and model of the car....
however my 08 shelby cobra did something similar after my keys went thru the washing machine...had to buy a new key