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Old 11-08-2007, 11:16 PM   #1
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Not sure if I put this in the right place since the Aztek has a 3.4, but its still a Pontiac.

Anyway, my mom has an '04 Aztek, and its developed a starting issue: when you turn the key you get all accessory power, but nothing will start the actual ignition sequence. As a work-around, a "remote" was placed on the solenoid contact so that the car could be started from under the hood [after the key has been turned].

They've tried using different keys, but that didn't make a difference. The actual ignition cylinder seems to be fine as power goes to the other accessories when the key is turned, and the sequence works - as long as the button is pushed from the remote leading to the solenoid.

Any ideas what may need to be replaced? Anyone else have this issue before?

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This belongs in the Lounge.
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so lets recap,
1. key, on accessories on, = no start
2. jump solenoid on starter, and it starts and runs, so, the starter is fine

starter relay maybe

try swapping the starter relay with a less important relay. im sure theres one that has the same schematic, that prol runs the wiper circuit or sumthing like that.

and no i have no idea where the starter relay is on ur moms car
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Sounds like the Ignition isn't reading the key...

Had the security light ever come on while driving ?
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so lets recap,
1. key, on accessories on, = no start
2. jump solenoid on starter, and it starts and runs, so, the starter is fine

starter relay maybe

try swapping the starter relay with a less important relay. im sure theres one that has the same schematic, that prol runs the wiper circuit or sumthing like that.

and no i have no idea where the starter relay is on ur moms car
Starter relay sounds like a start [no pun intended]. They've already bought a new starter...not sure why as that wasn't the problem. I'll ask if they've checked the relay though. Thanks!

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Sounds like the Ignition isn't reading the key...

Had the security light ever come on while driving ?
No, there hasn't been a security light. A different key has been tried [the spare], and the same problem occurs. Plus, if the ignition wasn't reading the key - the accessory power wouldn't work, right?


**EDIT: The starter relay has already been checked - that'* fine. Something isn't completing the whole ignition sequence as when the key is turned - all accessory power goes out [as it normally would while juice is fed to the starter], however, nothing happens. Also, when the key returns from the "Start" position it does it slowly; instead of snapping back as usual.
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My bet is the ignition switch...
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yep the one under the dash on the coloum kinda of a old gm prob that and the good old fryed purple wire at the fire wall block

(see how many rember that one )
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