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93 tracker turn key dash lights up no click nothing. Bypassed clutch safety switch still nothing.

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First, you might start with the quickie stuff: Make sure the neutral switch has not failed. Or the brake switch. Check all the fuses. Look in the wires for any melted ones, or melted inline fuses. If none appear, then you might break out the multimeter or a 12V test light: See if the coil is getting power, with the key in 'run'. If not, you might have a busted out key. Another, slightly more risky test: Get hold of some THICK jumper cables, put the vehicle in neutral, and connect the starter terminal directly to the battery. This will tell you if the switch has died, or if the starter/relay has kicked the bucket. If I remember correctly, even though this was an Suzuki rebadged vehicle, Chevy still put an integrated relay/starter on.

Posted on May 26, 2011


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