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Old 06-14-2004, 02:24 PM   #1
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Hello....A couple of days ago I came home turned off my car and went inside for about 15 minutes. I came back out but before starting my car, I opened my trunk to mess around with my 12 disc AC-Delco CD changer. After doing what I did, I tried to start my car and nothing. When I turn the key in the ignition it just clicks like the starter is out or something. The battery works fine (the lights don't dim and the radio still works) but the car won't start. I tried jumping the car and still nothing.

Now when I said I messed around with my CD changer, I mean that I turned it over on its top to try and reactivate it so that the CD'* would start working. I must admit that I tried to tap the CD Changer to help activate it. When I did this, I never unplugged the cord going from the CD changer to the radio up front. I have messed around with the CD changer before like this and never had this problem.

Now...is it coincidence that the car doesn't work and in fact the starter is out? Or could I have blown a fuse? Or did I short out all the wires? Or did I mess up the computer sensors or something?

If it is the starter...is there something different that I would have to do in repacing it than say replacing one on a Ford Taurus?

Any Ideas on this would be greatly appreciated.
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do you have a SE, SSE or SSEi?
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its just the v6 3.8 liter that is not supercharged...so I guess that is an SE
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It is tough to see how that prevents your car from starting.
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It is tough to see how that prevents your car from starting.
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So with that said...it would seem that the starter is out right? Because I checked the fuses and none of them are blown...and the point of the fuse box is to prevent the rest of your wires to be shorted out. So...hopefully, it is the starter.

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Can't say for sure... It could be the starter solenoid, but bad batteries can do that as well, including not accepting a jump. Also sometimes the wiring to the starter can be corroded, including bad connections at the battery...
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Can't say for sure... It could be the starter solenoid, but bad batteries can do that as well, including not accepting a jump. Also sometimes the wiring to the starter can be corroded, including bad connections at the battery...
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so at least I can assume that all of the wiring should be fine and any sensors may not be damaged. And if the wiring to the starter or a bad connection at the battery was the problem...wouldn't I have noticed some sort of problem before?
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This is one of those that'* tough to do over the forum. This may be the first time that any of the possibilities may be causing you a problem.

What does the voltage on the battery read when you try to turn the starter on?
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Perhaps the old "whack the starter with a broomstick" trick might work to see if it really is the starter? The starter motor sometimes gets carbon buildup, so a good whack may set it moving again.
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This is bizarre. Is your Security light one when you try to start the car? Do you hear any clicking from the starter at all?

For the heck of it, check your battery terminal connections. I know mine get corroded after time (even with some dielectric grease on there)

BTW, I hate to be off topic, but are you running a CD Changer with the stock stereo? I thought our cars were not able to have a CD Changer. Thought it was a '00+ only thing.
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