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Old May 24th, 09, 11:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Battery has enough juice to fully power lights, interior lights, door chime, rear power hatch, and power door locks. No clicking, no fuel pump priming, no dash lights. I also noticed in the fuse block that the IGN fuse is missing. What perplexes me is that the car started and ran just fine 20 minutes prior.

Search function yielded a result of a bad water pump.

Please help quick. My car is parked in front of a closed store front, and I really dont want the car vandalized, stolen, or towed. Thanks all.
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Old May 24th, 09, 12:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jump it off...if you can turn on your lights and they go out when you try to crank it your batt is dead or you have a loose connection!!
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Old May 24th, 09, 12:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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already did that check. Lights stayed solid the whole time trying to crank.

I did forget to mention that we tried to pop the clutch, but that didnt do anything for us.
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Check your switch at the bottom of the pedal(clutch) to see if its is engaging!! Do you hear your fuel pump running while you turn the key on? Pump might be bad or out of gas!!
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Old May 24th, 09, 12:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What about that IGN fuse... Some where the main IGN fuse is not linked to power..
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Old May 24th, 09, 12:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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no pump priming that I heard. I will hafta get back to the car and take a look at the clutch switch.
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Old May 24th, 09, 12:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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you might want to take off the air intake hose and squirt some carb cleaner into the throttle body while you have a buddy crank it over!! if it runs your fuel pump is bad!!
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No dash lights, its gotta be in the IGN switch...
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No dash lights, its gotta be in the IGN switch...
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Old May 24th, 09, 12:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
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thats what the other site I use is leaning towards, as well. How difficult is it to replace the ign sw?
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you might want to take off the air intake hose and squirt some carb cleaner into the throttle body while you have a buddy crank it over!! if it runs your fuel pump is bad!!
Bill he said its not cranking... It has to be a fuse IGN fuse.. Or IGN switch
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rick, when you turn your car over do you hear the starting engaging??
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rick, when you turn your car over do you hear the starting engaging??
No, Bill, the car does NOTHING but *ding* at me right now.
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Old May 24th, 09, 12:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
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does ANYONE know where I can find an IGN fuse for the in-car fuse block? The slot is shaped like 2 L linked together by the lower bar. ummm, as in:

LL

now reverse the second L to face the first. After they're mirror images, invert the second L so the "mast" is pointing down. One the fuse panel door, it shows an image of a upside-down L. WTF is that crazy effin fuse? How do I get one of them?
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Double check all you fuse's in the car with a test light..make sure the switch on the back of the clutch pedal is still hooked up and you did not knock it out of adjustment!! Lean towards the ignition being bad if all else is good!!
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