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Car will not start from ignition but will start remoteley from starter connection to battery. All connection to starter is in place

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  • poppyfour May 05, 2009

    I have a 1997 Ford Taurus That has that problem. Car will not start manually only with the remote.

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Are you trying to use your spare key to start? BMW keys have transponders in the keys which allows it to start. Its basiclly just another security system to be sure no body is poping your ignition or anything like that. I wish I knew how to tell you how to tell if your transponder in your key is working, or the transponder unit in your car is working, but I can't. Your best bet is to call the dealership to check on that.

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When I go start the car it does nothing


Battery could be dead. (Like maybe an interior light was left on for a long time) Do any lights come on in the dashboard when you turn the ignition key to run or start? Any noises from the starter/solenoid? If not, first place to check is the battery. If you have a battery charger, put it across the battery and see if any lights come on when you turn the key. If you are a member of AAA, call them and they can come out with a new battery and test your battery to see if that is indeed the problem.

Apr 03, 2015 | 2000 Ford Mustang

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Key wont come out ignition and won't start?


  • Check Your Fuses: Few cars have a fuse associated with the starting system, but before you go monkeying around with everything, check your fuses to be sure it's not that simple.
  • Battery Corrosion: Over time your battery connections can become dirty, or corroded. This corrosion breaks the connection your battery has with the rest of the car, and it won't start. Try cleaning your battery posts and try to start the car again.
  • Dead Battery: The most common reason your car won't start is a dead battery. If you have a battery tester that can measure cranking amps, test your battery to see if it's weak. If you can't test it yourself, you can test the battery indirectly by jump-starting the car. If it starts right away, your problem is most likely a dead battery. Replace the battery, and clean the battery connections to ensure good contact.
  • Bad Igntion Switch: If your battery checks out, but the starter is still silent, it may be a faulty ignition switch. Turn the key to the on position (not all the way to start). If the red warning lights on your dash don't light up (and your battery connections are clean), the ignition switch is bad. If they do light up, turn the key to the start position. The dash warning lights should turn off at this key position (most cars). If you're not sure, turn on the headlights. When you try to start the car, the lights should either dim (a lot) or turn off completely. If they do, your ignition switch should be ok. If not, the switch will need replacement.
  • Bad Starter Connection: Corrosion can not only keep your battery from connecting, it can affect any electrical component, especially the ones exposed to the elements like the starter. If you have a helper, you can test the connection by holding a circuit tester lead on the wire that engages the starter. This is the smaller of the two wires connected to the starter. Be sure no part of your body is near the moving parts of the engine - it could still start at any time! Have a friend turn the key and check the current. If you're getting current to the starter but it ain't spinning, it needs replacement.
If your starter spins freely when you turn the key, the problem lies elsewhere. Now you begin to check the other systems that could keep it from firing up.

Apr 29, 2014 | 2007 Cadillac CTS Base

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2001 ford focus will not start


It sounds like...very frustrating. Really, a year?
If I understand correctly, sometimes the starter motor doesn't work? But every time the starter spins the engine, the car starts easily? If this is the case, then the problem is confined to the start circuit, which narrows it down a lot. Basically the starting circuit is the battery, the starter, and the ignition switch-and the wiring connecting and associated with the circuit.
It seems to be happening a lot now, so a tech with patience and understanding of your Focus starting circuit, should be able to have it occur and find the problem. It could be as simple as rust or corrosion on one of the electrical connections. The place to start is with the battery terminals and connections, the starter motor connections, battery ground connection and a couple of other grounds in the start circuit. The starter motor and attached starter solenoid could be taken off and tested on a machine to see if it has anything wrong. Parts stores will test them for free if people bring them in.
One thing you could try: you said slamming the hood might jolt something, and cause starting: sometimes you can cause a failing starter motor to turn on by tapping on the case. Find the starter- the positive battery cable is connected to it- and when it won't try to start, rap on the starter with a heavy screwdriver, or tap it sorta lightly with a hammer, then try to start. If it starts up, you have a failing starter. If it doesn't help, you will probably need someone with a multi-meter to check out the circuit.

Nov 16, 2013 | 2001 Ford Focus

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My car has a hardstart


ses this causes and fix it. God bless you
Battery Corrosion: Over time your battery connections can become dirty, or corroded. This corrosion breaks the connection your battery has with the rest of the car, and it won't start. Try cleaning your battery posts and try to start the car again.
Bad Igntion Switch: If your battery checks out, but the starter is still silent, it may be a faulty ignition switch. Turn the key to the on position (not all the way to start). If the red warning lights on your dash don't light up (and your battery connections are clean), the ignition switch is bad. If they do light up, turn the key to the start position. The dash warning lights should turn off at this key position (most cars). If you're not sure, turn on the headlights. When you try to start the car, the lights should either dim (a lot) or turn off completely. If they do, your ignition switch should be ok. If not, the switch will need replacement.
Bad Starter Connection: Corrosion can not only keep your battery from connecting, it can affect any electrical component, especially the ones exposed to the elements like the starter. If you have a helper, you can test the connection by holding a circuit tester lead on the wire that engages the starter. This is the smaller of the two wires connected to the starter. Be sure no part of your body is near the moving parts of the engine - it could still start at any time! Have a friend turn the key and check the current. If you're getting current to the starter but it ain't spinning, it needs replacement.
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Oct 13, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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I have a 2003 Saturan Ion that won't start


Hi, this is what you should do when your car won't start. Diagnosing a no-start condition requires a logical approach to figuring out what might be preventing your car from starting. First, if the engine won't even crank over when you turn the ignition to START, your car obviously won't start.
When you turn the ignition key to start your car, voltage from the battery flows through the ignition switch to the Park/Neutral safety switch and/or brake pedal or clutch pedal safety switch (you have to push the pedal down before the circuit will complete) to the starter relay or solenoid. When the relay or solenoid is energized by voltage from the ignition switch circuit, it closes a contact that routes more power from the battery directly to the starter to crank the engine. The starter motor spins, pushes the starter drive gear to engage the flywheel and cranks the engine.

If the engine fails to crank, there is a fault in one of the components in the battery/ignition/starter circuit. Check it out.....
  • Low battery (Check battery voltage, recharge if low, or jump start with another vehicle or battery charger).
  • Loose or corroded battery cables (Inspect, clean and tighten BOTH ends of BOTH battery cables).
  • Bad starter relay wiring connections or ground connection (Inspect, clean, tighten wiring connections).
  • Bad starter relay/solenoid (Check for voltage at relay, if relay has voltage but there is no "click" when key is turned to start, replace relay).
  • Bad starter (Jump battery voltage direct to starter to see if it spins, or remove starter and have it bench tested at auto parts store).
  • Damaged starter drive or teeth on flywheel (Remove starter and inspect drive gear and flywheel teeth, replace damaged parts if necessary).
  • Bad ignition switch (Check to see if voltage reaches starter relay/solenoid when turn to start. If not, check for open P/N switch and brake or clutch pedal switch. Replace ignition switch if defective).
  • Open P/N safety switch, or open Brake Pedal Safety Switch (automatic transmission) or open Clutch Pedal Switch (manual transmission). Bypass switch with jumper wire to see if engine cranks, or use test light or voltmeter to check for voltage passing through switch when ignition is turned to start.
  • Engine seized due to bearing failure or internal damage (Use socket and long handle to see if engine can be turned by hand, if not engine is locked up).
  • Engine hydrolocked due to coolant leak from leaky head gasket (Use socket and wrench to see if engine rotates, remove spark plugs and see if coolant comes out or engine can not be cranked with plugs out).

Dec 02, 2010 | 2003 Saturn ION

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The car wont turn over. when i place the key in the ignition to start the car it does nothing the dashboard dont light up, the car has a new starter, new battery, new spark plugs w/ cables


Is the battery fully charged and are the connections clean and tight. Your ignition fuse seems to be blown. Check the big fuses under the hood. Will the headlights come on? will the horn blow? Good Luck!!!

Nov 14, 2010 | 2001 Ford Focus

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Car wont start after i had a flat battery au falcon v8 no tick over nothing all fuses seem to be fine there is power to the rest of the car but nothing to start the car also the brake light comes on when...


If your battery is fully charged, then it sounds like one of the connections are loose or corroded, or a bad fusible link at the starter solenoid.

If this is an older ford, mid 70's or older then the solenoid is located out under the hood usually on the passenger side fender area, and the POS. (+) battery cable will lead straight to it.

There are two main (large connectors) on the solenoid, and there is one or two smaller connectors on the solenoid.

All of your hot wires to the vehicle should be connected with the POS. (+) battery cable and connected with a nut (usually a 1/2 inch nut) on one side of the solenoid (large connection), and the cable to the starter should be the only thing connected to the other side of the solenoid (other large connection).

There should also be one or two other small wires with push on connectors, one is from the ignition switch and has power to it when you turn the ignition switch to the start position. This is usually a red or orange wire with a white stripe, and should be connected to the "S" connector on the solenoid. The other wire if it has it (not on all vehicles) will usually be dark green or black with a white stripe and it should be connected to the "I" connector on the solenoid.

1. Connect a test light to a good ground.

2. Pull the wire off of the solenoid "S" connector and place the end of the test light into the end of the wire connector and turn the ignition switch to the start position, the test light should light up when the key is in the start position.

If the test light does light up with the key in the start position then it is the solenoid or the starter that has a problem.

Use a piece of 10 GA. or 12 GA. wire and jumper between the battery cable side of the solenoid, and the "S" connector on the solenoid, if the starter works then there is a poor connection on the battery cable side of the solenoid (clean and tighten the connections there), or a burned up fusible link on the battery cable side of the solenoid, or the ignition switch itself is bad.

If the test light does not light up when the key is in the start position, and all of the connectors are clean and tight, and all of the fusible links are good on the battery cable side of the solenoid, then the ignition switch is the problem.

Use the wire to jumper between the battery cable side of the solenoid straight across to the other side of the solenoid to the cable that goes down to the starter, if the starter works then the solenoid is the problem, if the starter does not work being directly jumped then the starter is the problem.

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2002 mazda protege 5 will not start - will not turn over, starter is fine, battery is new, power is going to the starter, everything is clean, is in park or neutral, no clicking sound at all, fuses are...


Help please....I have Mazda Protege 2002...the car was driving good..and suddenly the car didn't start at all i changed the starter the battery is fine because when i start the car the lights comes on and the radio works. I don't know what is the problem is...when i start the car it makes noise of tik tik. Please help me????

Oct 05, 2009 | 2002 Mazda Protege

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My car wont start its a oldsmobile alero 1999


if car wont start.make sure your battery volts are 12.5.if not charge battery.or replace it if dont hold a charge.if battery is good engine wont turn over.make sure battery cables is clean and tight if all good no start .have starter and starter solenoid check.if battery and starter is good.check for fuel .has some one turn ignition to the on position.go to rear of car listen for fuel pump noise.if your hear fuel pump check ignition system for spark.go to auto parts place buy a spark tester.if you get no spark .check .ignition fuses and ignition module.if you hear no fuel pump.replace relay or fuse.if if fuse and relay good replace fuel pump.if every thing good .your car could have crank sensor problem. or your car is in theft deterrant mode.if so have your car towed in and scanned.

Jun 30, 2009 | 1999 Oldsmobile Alero

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Car starting problem


Hi there,

I think your right that the humming is likely to be the fuel pump and so thats OK and should happen without the key being turned to the Start position. If the humming only happens when you turn the key to the start position rather than just when you turn the key to the point where the electrics come alive, then that would be a new symptom that would be interesting to hear.

I understand how frustrating this can be. Just a couple of concerns here. I think if your starter truely starts your car then there is not likely anything wrong with the starter motor itself. However that would not rule out a solenoid that is being problematic, and only activating occasionally.

I have had bad batteries classified as good by shops that check batteries, so don't assume that the battery is not the problem.

If we assume the battery and the starter are good including the solenoid then I would say you have to check all the connections on the wiring - i.e. take the terminal connections off the battery and clean then thouroughly - while the batter is disconnected take it out and trace the cable links to the Chassis earth connection and the positive connection down to the starter - take the cables off and clean the connections to the car, body and to the starter motor. Also clean the connection that goes to the Solenoid post on the Starter motor taht comes from the ignition switch ( the smaller connection on the starter) . Also check the earth strap between the engine block and the car body that allows the starter circuit to be completed. It could be a poor connection in any of these places is setting up a high resistance that is creating a problem for the starter circuit if the starter motor is physically not turning over.

Stick the battery back in - make sure all the connections are cleaned lightly greased and tightened and try to start it.

If it wont go - try getting a friend to help you put jumper leads across your battery from their car and trying to start your car. Make sure their car is running when you try to start your car. If it works every time 1st time with the jumper leads then I would have to suggest the battery on your car is bad - despite what the test guys say.

If it still plays up with the jumper leads after cleaning all the cables i would point to the Soleniod on the starter motor and suggest that the solenoid is defective.

If you want to check the starter directly - its a bit dangerous so you have to be really careful and have a very good friend who is willing to let you try this with his car battery and that would be while you get under the raised up car which is firmly choked and in neutral, with the starter motor in place connect the negative to the earth strap connector on the engine block, and then while the friend stands ready with the disconnected Positive jump lead and holding the negative jump lead in place on his battery, you climb under the your raised up car with the positive jump lead and a screw drive and attach the positive jump lead directly to the positive terminal of your starter motor while bridging between the positive terminal and the solenoid terminal with something like a screw driver or another think wire. (you have to be really careful doing this cause there are so many things to accidentally touch with the positive cable and cause arching ) but once your all in place your friend can attach the other end fo the positive jump lead to his battery and that way you have taken out all the circuitry and are effectively testing your starter while in place on your car and while under load. As long as your jump leads are good and you are in good contact with the starter connections and the soleniod contacts, if the starter doesn't turn the engine over you have something up with the starter. As you have taken every thing else out of the loop - i.e. the wiring and your battery.

If the starter does turn the engine over this way it says the starter is good and there are problems with the wiring or your battery.

Sorry for the long reply but thats all I can think of to try and work out where the problem may be.
Good luck.

Sep 12, 2008 | Hyundai Motor 2002 Elantra

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