320 wont start. eng check light is on. fuel and temp gauge dont move, solinoid on starter wont even click in. dash computer says ''check controle intact'' please help my wife in very unhappy that her car wont go... thanks steve
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Year make and model are essential information. But it could be a fusible link if it's an older vehicle. Near the battery there should be wires that have a big molded rubber part inline on the wire. See if you can take a test light and poke through the insulation on the far side of the wire and see if there is one where the light does not light up. They sell them at auto parts stores. If it is a newer vehicle it could be a bad main power relay, or a bad body computer. And that's nearly impossible for me to help with online
Does the car still start?
Do the warning lights and gauges turn on when the key is turned to on? I believe that is part of what the ignition relay serves. Is it located above the instrument panel fuse box? If so, there are 2 or 3 other relays there: an accessory relay, an ECCS relay, and possibly a fuel pump relay. If you hold a finger lightly on each relay when the clicking occurs, you should find the one clicking. It could be a faulty relay, or the wiring for the relay needs checked.
Sounds like the cluster itself maybe bad, someone else can chime in, but newer cars have electronic clusters that move based on the computer. Get one at the junkyard and test it out (while at the junkyard)
Have you tested the wire to the starter motor solonoid to rule out the starter itself? You can either connect a lamp to the wire where it plugs into the solinoid or remove the wire and connect a live wire to the solinoid itself to see if it turns over. MAKE SURE IT IS NOT IN GEAR AND CANNOT MOVE first.
Another thing that causes this symptom is loose battery connection- there is just enough juice getting through to light the dashboard but not enough to turn the starter over. This is often followed by the dash lights not coming on again after attempted starts so is probably not the problem in your case.
It sounds like a bad connection somewhere, check the battery cable connections for corrosion and tightness, both ends. It could be the starter, starter solenoid, starter relay, neutral safety switch or ignition. Try moving the shift lever to the "N" position and see if that helps. When you say you have a dead key, do you mean you have no dash lights, (oil pressure light, battery light, things of that nature) no clicking, no nothing?
you will need to check the fuel pressure to see if your getting fuel, then pull off a spark plug wire and check for spark (spark should be blue) start there and this will help determine your problem.