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Old 03-13-2005, 11:27 AM   #1
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i tried to start my car yesterday and nothing was said. I think the starter is bad. I hope its that and not the compressor again.
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does it do anything when turning the key?
or is it silent?
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it said nothing at all.the battery works well. but when i trun the key, there is mno sound for the exception of the fuel pump.
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Possibly the neutral safety switch. Put the car in neutral and see if it'll start. If not, it'* the starter.
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do you get dash lights??? and there is no clicking at all???? i agree it could be a P/N saftey switch also will prevent the car from starting, but the fuel pump would not prime. Have you tried to hit the starter with a hammer to get ti working
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If the P/N switch were bad, the fuel pump will prime; everything will work properly except you won't be able to start the car. You'll get the exact same symptoms as a bad starter -- turn the key to start and all the dash lights stay on (and no cranking obviously).

If it IS the starter, just like 93 SLE said, have somebody in the car holding the key forward (trying to start the car) and take a hammer and hit the case for the starter (NOT the solenoid -- the smaller of the two cylinders and the one all the wires go to is the solenoid). That'll usually jar the gears and get it to crank the motor. Just don't shut it off before you get to a shop or get a new starter.
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I think I tried doing it nuetral. i will try again in the morning.
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did u get it started yet?
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was it that rebuilt starter?
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did u get it started yet?

nope, i have to get it towed again from my house to the shop now. The price went up from 3154 to 500 now since the starter is out.
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