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Old 04-01-2010, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation desperatly need help ASAP...car has power but no ignition.

So I have recently replaced the belts and oil with oil filter and my car was running very well, then it started to overheat because I was letting it run for a minute to work the coolant through the lines so i turned it off, but now it wont start I have taken the key completely out but its still acting like the key is in and its turned to the on position. I still have lights and all the power running to the car but cant turn it off or start it..... Please if you have ANY hints please help.
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Add on.

I also forgot to mention when I try and turn the key it will go fully on but there will be no clicking sound or sound of any kind....It acts like I am trying to start it without the clutch pressed in. But when I bring the key back to off and take it out the radio and all the other things stay on....also the key doesnt come out unless I turn it to the off position like normal and it doesnt spin completely around it stops like it supposed to so from what I have read I dont think its the tumblers...

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something went wrong in the electrical side of the ignition switch ...

locate your starter relay and jump the wires to the starter... or apply a 12 volt line to the starter solenoid to verify. if it starts,
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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maybe not sure tho could be anything

So after asking around a little I got some info could mean the the ecu to a dive on you or could simply be the relay for the accessories. But more commonly then not it's ur key the chip may have somehow gotten damaged so use a spare once if u have one and c if that works, if u don't have one open the key and make sure the chip is clean canned air spray otta do it.
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