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#1 of 381 Isuzu Axiom: Problems & Solutions
Aug 09, 2006 (8:52 pm)
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#2 of 381 Starter problem.
Aug 15, 2006 (6:16 am)
I'm recently having this starter problem with my Axiom 2004. At times I cannot start the car. When I get the key into the starter and crank it, all the lights appear on the dashboard, but the engine will not start. It's like the batter died, no engine sound when cranking. After a month, I found if this happens, I get out of the car close the driver door and open the hatch. After opening/closing the rear hatch, the car will then start. I took it to the dealer, they could not find anything, nor electrical faults. Anyone experiencing this? It's frustrating, because it doesnt always happen. I'm currently documenting everything I do with the car, to find the possible pattern that is causing it and narrow this problem.
#3 of 381 Re: Starter problem. [entact1]
Aug 17, 2006 (9:37 pm)
Bad ground at starter solenoid ?
Pinched / shorted wiring harness to hatch ?
Malfunctioning security system ?
Try turning the hatch light off (and always on) and retry your temporary fix. See if anything changes.
Also, do you have any difficulty in getting parts for your Axiom ?
Thanks and Good Luck.
#4 of 381 Re: Starter problem. [ccarofknowldge]
Aug 21, 2006 (3:48 pm)
I think I have found the problem! I installed a third party computer mirror (auto dimmer, map lights, direction and temperature), and to power it I connected the wire into a fuse slot, 15 AMP. Well it happened I couldnt start the car, and so I disconnected the mirror's power wire from the fuse, and the car started! ...I'm thinkin' of just connecting it directly to the battery. Right now I have no idea why it did not like it.
#5 of 381 my axiom won't start!
Aug 26, 2006 (8:45 am)
my remote batteries were dead. i replaced them. none of the buttons worked except "unlock" however, instead of unlocking, the car beeped and the lights flashed. i opened the car manually, drove approx.,5miles, turned off the car. when i tried to restart the car it would not crank. all lights worked, however it would not turn over. did not appear like dead battery, but tried to jump anyway, nothing. i took the batteries out of the remote, unhooked the cars battery, locked and unlocked the doors manually, rehooked the battery, tried again. nothing. again, lights work. any suggestions?
#6 of 381 Re: my axiom won't start! [abecasis]
Aug 26, 2006 (10:40 am)
It sounds like an alarm problem. Look in your owners manual for the procedure to turn off the security system with the ignition key. There is a certain procedure to it.
Once you try that. See if you can find the fuse for the security system and remove it as a test. See how things function.
Ultimately, you'll probably either need to have the keypad or alarm or both reprogrammed / replaced. Hopefully just reprogrammed.
How is your ease or difficulty in getting parts for your Axiom?
#7 of 381 axiom won't start? alarm problem!
Aug 26, 2006 (11:15 pm)
thanks for your response. i believe you are right. unfortunately, i bought the car w/o a manual(any sug. on places to get one?) however, i found a button on the fuse marked "power windows" pushed it, and it started! Monday am will go to dealer for more info.
great site! thanks again!
#8 of 381 Re: Starter problem. [entact1]
Aug 28, 2006 (9:37 am)
OK, my problem has returned again!
I guess it wasn't the way I connected the computer mirror to the fuse box for power. This time when it didn't start, I removed a fuse and pushed it back in again,the car then started! Whether I have a electrical problem or maybe it is the alarm system that is causing this, like the guy who is experiencing the same issue in this forum, I'll have to start with the alarm system and disable it and see if this starter problem occurs again.
#9 of 381 Re: axiom won't start? alarm problem! [abecasis]
Aug 31, 2006 (8:51 am)
I checked the manual for ignition security. Found Axiom is equipped with an ignition security feature called an "immobilizer". This prevents tampering with the starter by theives with copied keys and foreign metal objects. The key(s) that was given to you by dealer/owner is coded with the ignition. If you look at the ignition metal ring, you will find the following settings: LOCK ACC ON START.
To disable the immobilizer to start the car:
1. insert the key
2. turn it to ON for a sec, immobilizer light will show (a car
w/embedded key, top far right)
3. then turn to START.
To enable the immobilizer while the car is running:
1. from START turn the key to ACC for a sec
2. then turn to LOCK
3. pull out key
If you can't start the car after trying to disable it:
1. turn the key from START to ACC
2. leave the key on ACC for 5 seconds
3. go to "disable the immobilizer" step 2 procedure
If the immobilzer light is flashing you'll have to take it to the dealer, to get it reprogrammed. With these procedures my car has been starting fine.
Sep 16, 2006 (10:12 am)
I'm the proud owner of a 2002 Ax, Anthracite w/ 2 tone leather. I am going to keep it (since it has no trade-in value) and decided to do some upgrades. They worked out pretty well, so I'll share them with you.
Stereo upgrade----JBL 6.5" speakers in all 4 doors---not too expensive---and makes a pretty big difference. I had them leave the stock tweeter components hooked up (I bought 3 ways for all 4 doors) so I have even better top end, and DEFINITELY more bass. But I went 1 step farther and had them install a Pyramid equalizer/booster (906VL). They mounted it on the side of the center console on the driver's side, and wired it into all 4 speakers. Now it really cranks!!! There is some ignition whine, but when you crank it up you can't hear it. You can turn off the amp/eq and it will work like stock. Overall, an excellent upgrade for less than $500.
Suspension upgrade---I had air bag suspension installed in the rear----bags that go inside the coil springs---with an air hose at the back that you fill at a tire air pump. It firmed up the ride (took the bounce and body lean way down), and took all the bottoming out of the suspension. In sport mode, it rides almost as well as my friend's 2005 Highlander. It also added 1000lbs of towing capacity.
Parts and installation $230.
That's it for now. Get in touch with me if you have any questions. CB