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Hyundai Accent, Engine, Hatchback
#11 of 20 I'd have to go with Mr Shifright and swschrade,
Apr 26, 2003 (3:33 pm)
I'd be willing to bet on either a bad battery connection or a problem in the starter or the battery cable connection at the starter solenoid is loose.
One thing to be aware of, that vehicle has a starter relay (little square box, in fuse relay block) and theft deterrent, that the starting system runs thru, so if all of the cables check out and the starter checks out, then it may be possible that the Park/neutral switch is a problem if AT trans, the clutch switch if manual or the starter relay may be the problem.
#12 of 20 '92 Nissan 240SX
May 06, 2003 (4:09 pm)
The car won't start. When I turn the ignition, it makes no sound at all. The headlights come on okay and the dashboard lights that normally come on when I turn the key, stays on - all that's missing is the thingy turning over and starting. Please help ASAP!!!
#13 of 20 '92 Nissan 240SX
May 07, 2003 (11:06 am)
Is it a stick or automatic? If it is a stick you could have a bad clutch safety switch, if itís an automatic, it could be a bad neutral safety switch. If the safety switch is okay, then it is probably a bad starter or starter solenoid.
May 07, 2003 (1:52 pm)
If you open your window and listen, do you hear a 'click' when you turn the key to the start position?
#15 of 20 mike91326, nippononly - 240 SX
May 07, 2003 (2:10 pm)
Thanks for responding. It's a stick and are any of the possible solutions something I can fix myself? I do hear one click when I turn the key. Please help ASAP!!! Single parent of a 2-yr old and expecting my second child in 2 months. I got burned twice by a mechanic-friend of a relative so I am really determined to not bring it back to him. Thanks!!!
May 07, 2003 (3:01 pm)
Have you tried jump-starting the car?
If no, do this now.
If yes, and still no-go, then remove and clean both battery terminals.
Try jump starting again.
If no-go, check clutch pedal start switch and fuse for this switch as well. This (the switch, NOT the fuse) could be temporarily bypassed by connecting the wires to each other (by-passing the switch itself)
If still no go, I would say starter solenoid or starter motor has had a coronary.
You could verify, if you are courageous, by push starting the car but please be very careful doing this or have a friend do this for you. If it starts with a push, you can pretty much assume a starter or solenoid issue or the connections to either.
#17 of 20 how times have changed
May 07, 2003 (4:07 pm)
used to be, when I was growing up, you push-started the car and drove it in when you had the time to get the starter fixed. now, on the few manuals left, it's "if you dare." bet they don't even tell you how to push start in the owners' manual any more.
May 08, 2003 (8:50 am)
I don't think most people know anymore how to do this safely. Cars are also harder to push...you just lean up against the bumpers and you could do $1,000 damage in a heartbeat.
May 09, 2003 (7:00 am)
an old Supra in the early 90s with a bad starter solenoid...I was too cheap to fix it for months and would just park the car everywhere so as to be able to roll-start. Eventually a place will always come along that you absolutely have to go that you can't park in a way to be able to roll-start. LOL
#20 of 20 yeah, but if you live in hilly country, you're set
May 09, 2003 (6:36 pm)
as soon as it's rolling fast enough to register on the speedo, turn the key to run and pop the clutch.