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Old 03-16-2005, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default Little help, Parent'* Forrester won't start.

it'* a '98 forrester, factory alarm(which im not sure is related)

this morning my dad went to take it out and the just just wouldnt turn, ive tried everything, lock/unlock, lock/unlock w/ remote, steering wheel lock, pressing brakes, pressing internal disarm for alarm, they just wont turn period, any ideas?

I have also posted this on a subaru forum but i figure the more ideas the better
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Do you hear a tick when moving the key to "Start"?


If yes: Your battery may have enough juice to run accessories and such, but not enough to start the car.




If no tick: Assuming an autotranny - have you tried:

- Jiggle the shifter in park (and make sure it'* fully situated in park), the car won't start if you're not fully in park. It'* happened to mom'* Altima and the Cressida as well.
- Move it (quickly) through the gates, to "1" (or "L") and back to P again. Hopefully your park/neutral safety start switch is okay, but if not, this might get it temporarily working again (happened in the Cressida) until you get it fixed.
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they dont move at all, it goes in and wont turn at all, i disconnected the battery for about an hour, it didnt help, also the car is in park, i have jiggled the stick but if i cant turn the key into any position besides lock i cant get out of park, and yes there is still power going to it, car dings with door open and key in ignition, i tihnk there mgiht actually be too much power, im sure youve all gotten a static shock from getting in and out of a car before but righ tnow its giving huge shocks, like handling the key in the ignition is charging me or something, ok so here is a list fo the things i have tried:
steering wheel lock
making sure its in park
realising/hold e-brake
lock/unlock from remote
lock/unlock from inside
even tried pushing the car a little bit to see ifmovign the wheels a bit would do anything
disconnected battery
tried turning key with battery disconnected
reconnected battery
tried switching between normal/valet mode for alarm
checked all fuses
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let me see if i see this straight here. will the key turn at all? im getting mixed signals.

key will turn and nothing happens,

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nothing happens because key will not turn?

please clarify.

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nothing can happen because the key will not turn, it goes in the slot, the car recognizes that ther eis a key there, because whent he key is inserted and the door is open it beeps, but the key will not move in any way, and we have 3 copys of the key to the car and tried all of em
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bad/stuck ign cylinder in the column? that would be my guess, i however dont know if your key has a chip in it. if not, that might explain some stuff, like why it recognizes it but wont turn.. also i know this sounds retarded... but can you flip the key? (double sided) if so, try that, happend to my aunts old honda....
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have you tried holding the brakes to the floor <yes it will be hard>, jiggling the shifter, then trying to turn the key while moving the steering wheel back and forth?
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