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Old 01-10-2009, 04:11 PM   #51
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Exclamation same problem: won't start crank or click

good day, gents and ladies.
i see this thread is pretty old, i don't know if i should create a new one, but...

i have a bonneville se, 1998
and occassionally the car does not want to start up; however, when it does start, it will run and drive where ever you may wish to go.

there are roughly 175,000 miles on the vehicle and no problems other than recent screetch indicating that i need to change my shocks or suspension...

PROBLEM: Most times, the car cranks and starts normally -- beautifully. Then one day, or in the middle of the day, you get in and turn the key, and there is nothing; it sits as if you did not put in and turn the key at all.

***the first time it happened, the care seemed NOT to turn on for days. -- Pepboys said it was the starter, replaced it, and i took it home. few weeks later it happens on and off (more frequent, but less severely -- it seems).

***When it is in this dilema, the check gages prompt is on, and the engine light is on.
when the car starts normally, the engine light/gage is not on.

this happens in warm and cold weather alike. maybe moreso in colder weather.

i also, after replacing the starter, got a new battery, which i had tested, and placed in...

the key is old, as the car is old, and i will try and get a new one asap... but are there any other reasons a car would behave in this mannor?

spark plugs?
certain wires/contacts/fuses?
related to this forum: lock cyllinders? (pls explain) &/or key resistance (VATs system)?
maybe the engine? should i have an engine diagnostic ran?
crank system sensor?
water pump?

i recently had oils and things changed, done, checked.
and to my knowledge, as i check, the car never seems or overheat... coolant is in it... i hope it is...
***someone told me the coolant is the anti-freeze... could my engine be frozen????

so i guess, i just want to know a off the top of everyone'* heads (or even a little research if you're willing),
what would cause a car not to click, crank and turnover... absolutely nothing... but inconsistantly -- other times it works perfectly.

i am still in college, so i am trying to get right to the root of the problem so that i can fix it, meanwhile still afford to eat ~

thanks in advance...

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Old 01-10-2009, 04:31 PM   #52
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Hi and welcome to the club. However you should open up your own thread.
You can just copy and paste what you all ready posted here.

This way will be able to help you better.

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