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Starter will not engage when key is turned at times.All other electrical working fine.

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  • agpfree Oct 18, 2008

    On occasions I turn ignition key but starter will not engage (all lights OK Battery fully charged, no clicking from solenoid) . Garage have changed the ignition switch (not barrel) and put tester on everything but nothing shows up. It will be OK for weeks then it does it. I've had all services including big one 1000 miles ago. I called breakdown people after trying for 45 miniutes (including jiggling auto select lever etc in case it's the inhibitor) then when mechanic arrived it started like a dream! Help , El Gordo

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    i cannot get my transmission to go to Park...gets stuck, and then I cannot get my key out even when I finally can jam the transmission into park.

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    I have the same thing going on with my Acura MDX. Strong battery, tight battery cables. Turn the key to start and everything acts normal, except absolutely no engaging of the starter. I think this problem has been brewing for a week or two because I noticed the clock got messed up one day, and the next day the clock and radio - just like disconnecting the battery. Now, no start.



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Check your starter solenoid (usually near battery). It's a very cheap part to replace, so if it's not the problem, you aren't out too much money. It you don't know what a solenoid is, I'll fill you in so it'll make a little more sense to replace it. A solenoid is an electromagnet that bridges two high-amperage connections to complete a circuit. When you turn the key to Start, it doesn't make a direct connection with the starter, but rather it turns on the electromagnet in your solenoid to complete the circuit of another connection which makes the starter turn. I had the same problem last year. The first thing I replaced was the solenoid and that ended up being my problem.

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