ANSWERS: 30
  • If your car has fuses for various electrical functions, one might have blown.
  • Clean the battery poles, the cables connectors, and try again. If nothing happens, remove and check the battery with a tester. It happened to me more than once, the battery may have enough power for the radio, but not enough for the other more demanding functions.
  • Sounds like a relay or fuse, as tomsims said. On the darker side, you may need a new ignition switch, as many of these in newer cars are electronic, and computerized, and prone to failure after awhile.
  • I cleaned the contacts and filled water in the battery at first it didn't work but I tried again after an hour and it worked! I have no idea why, there was massive rain yesterday and I think that contributed to the corrosion, it is an older car. Thanks for the help.
  • JUst thought I'd throw this one in here, knowing very little about cars as I do. Is it possible that the engine has been electronically immobilised by your security device?
  • there may be probabilty is ignition coil get detach from the distributer
  • its clear indication of failure of ignition coil of engine
  • Sometimes the issue may be with a switch sensing that the car is not in park or a clutch not being depressed. That keeps things from moving unexpectedly.Start withtesting the battery and its connections first though.
  • check your connections on the starter or solenoid to see if they are tight, if they are then while turning the key to the start position move the gearshift from park to d, then back to park, then if that doesn't work, you might need a new starter relay, solenoid or neutral safety switch
  • Your starter could have went out
  • Yes, the battery is alive, at least a little, but turn the radio off while you start the car. Before you try anything complicated, make sure the car is definitely in Park or Neutral if it has an automatic transmission, neutral with the clutch depressed if it has manual transmission. Move the gear selector or shift to something else then back and try again. There is a switch that blocks the start wire from the key switch if it isn't in neutral or park to prevent the car from being accidentally started in gear and moving unexpectedly. (Some years ago there was no such switch.) If you don't hear a substantial "click" under the hood when you turn the key, the gear selection lockout described above is probably the problem, but it could be the switch itself, a fuse or fusible link, or the solenoid (the high current starter relay). If you do hear a substantial click from under the hood, then the problem is the starter, the cable from the battery to the solenoid and then the starter, or the battery. If the lights go very dim when you turn the key, and esppecially if you hear a chatter instead of a click, the battery needs charging or replacement and you should find out why - left the lights on, old battery, alternator, voltage regulator, vehicle wiring. If you open the hood and wiggle the battery cables a bit and then it starts, the connections may be loose or the wire might be defective. If you have had a number of times when you turned the key and nothing happened and you tried again and it started, then its probably the starter itself, but check the wires first.
  • Does the engine turn over? If yes, check your spark. If no, Keep cycling the key to start until it attemps to turn over; if it eventually cranks, you need a new IGNITION SWITCH, not a new key and tumbler.
  • Sounds like a starter to me. Could be other things as well but it sounds like a starter. A radio needs less juice to run than the starter but you would usually hear a clicking noise. Use a voltmeter to see how the battery is first. If it's 12 volts or above, its not the battery.
  • the battery might not have enough power to start the car or it has dead cells pandabear
  • I have a 97 tracer sedan and the exact same thing happend to me only a month ago. but it turned out to be the alternator... im not a big car person but if you jump start the car and then take off those wires with the little metal thing that are around the two posts on the battery, and the car just putts out and stops then its the alternator, if it keeps going then your alternator is good. good luck!
  • actully te battery could be very low the radio doesnt use that much power sometimes u wont even hear the starter so much as click clean ur battery terminals charge the hell out of the battery and get back to me and let me know if it still the same thing check the starter solenoid this is what makes the starter click if thats faulty then u know
  • My car just clicks when I turn the key. I jumped it & it started after a some trying. Had my battery & alternator checked, both are good. I have a new starter in there, about a week old. It did this once prior to the starter being replaced. Mornings it starts fine, mid afternoon, problems. What could it be?
  • Check to see that car is park position. This might help because it is easily done
  • check the connections on the starter motor
  • have you put it in park - won't start if it's auto and in drive
  • simple its your ingition mogule on your steering colume it has 3 to 4 switches and some are burned out
  • Check out this site http://www.cartechhome.com/2008/03/car-trouble-symptoms-directory.html it has a lot of information on car problem diagnosis
  • What kind of car? What do you mean nothing happens, not even a clicking sound? Dose motor turn over? Dose the radio and dash lights turn off when you attempt to start?
  • Starter Motor is likely unless your vehicle happens to be a Kia. Then i would say more likely than not its your ignition antenna (the coil that goes around the barrel entry)
  • Suspect starter motor. If the radio runs, check your headlamps. If when you switch them on, they aren't very bright, your battery has run too flat to start your starter motor but has enough to do something small like a radio.
  • Does it switch from Perm live to ignition live when you turn the key? If not main relay
  • Just because the radio comes on does not mean the battery is not dead or weak. The starter needs the full voltage from your battery to be able to operate. Poor connections , a faulty neutral switch or a car simply left in gear could make the radio turn on but not allow the car to start.
  • Have you noticed if the "security" light is on when you try and start your car? GM Vehicle?
  • well first thing is turn the head lights on if the lights dim down then you Know its the battery it the lights dont dim and stay brite then you have a starting problem could be the starter or the alternator or maybe a fuseable link wire.
  • my car does the same thing everyday almost and my problem is the chip in my key so i just have to get a new key made

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