Car won't crank; radio and dash lights work


Asked by GuruSJJ8C Jun 25, 2019 at 12:09 PM about the 2005 Pontiac Vibe Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Car was fine last night, but won't even turn over this morning.  It has a fairly
new battery and cables.  I tried to jump it but still won't turn over.  No clicking
noise, just silence.

Side note, I have had temporary issues in the past where the key would get
stuck on not turn until I wiggled the stearing wheel.  Key can also be
removed without being turned to off position.

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Update: It started right up without a jump the other day, and was fine for a couple of days. Then I tried to start it after it was parked for a few hours and again, it wasn’t turning over, no clicking, nothing. Is it in the ignition switch? Would that be a relay?

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I have a similar issue with my PONTIAC vibe 2008 year model. I talked to a mechanic and have the starter checked and a week afterwards the issue returned. This morning the car will not start though it lights with indicators as shone in the picture. I left the key plugged in for few minutes and the car starts on a single trial.

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Update: I tried to start the Vibe yesterday morning and no juice at all, no dash lights, nothing. Tried to jump it, still no sound, nothing. I tested the battery and it was fine. An hour later I jumped it again and it started right up. I let it run for 20 minutes to charge back up. This morning, completely dead again. I also can’t shift it to neutral with the key turns on. Reminder, last week this was happening, they said they ran I diagnostic and they replaced the starter. Help. I don’t want to keep throwing money into this car.

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What did you end up finding? Same happened in my 2007. Car had dash lights on but wouldn’t start. Put the key in the on position for a couple mins and would start right up on the next turn. Had the pcm replaced in May for the recall, and ran fine, then stalled the other day and won’t start. Can smell fuel when trying to start. Check engine light flickers when key in on position, says error when we hook up the scanner. Any ideas?

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Update: I eventually took it to a mechanic who ran a diagnostic and replaced the starter. Great for 3 or 4 weeks, then one morning, same issue as before. Picked up by the same garage, they tell me the battery cable was loose. Hmmm. Happened once since, and the trick for some reason seems to be disconnecting and reconnecting the battery.

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GuruSJJ8C - have you found a proper fix? I had my Vibe die today, same symptoms, has new starter and all the grounds have been checked and sanded. Detaching/reattaching the negative allowed it to start right back up.

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I have a 350z Nissan. I change my battery and my car doesn’t turn on. However, the headlights turn on and I’m able to lock and unlock my car. It doesn’t make a cranky sound at all


I was told it was the crank sensor I bought it and put battery on it started and and run a month now it will only turn over no warning light anyone have same problem thanks

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Well we have the same problem and I just purchased a new ODB scanner. It told us the throttle was stuck open. Checked and was not open. When I held it open upon turning key it slammed it shut. The sensor was part of the body so I replaced the throttle body. Tried to start and nothing. No code now but will not start. New alternator Nader and trottle body. Will try disconnecting battery and the key in on position things but this is baffling. In the old days I would have just jumped the starter solenoid and see if it was the starter.

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The anti theft system is going out in the car that's what the issue is.

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