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03 wont start!! frustrated!

Postby steve03viber » Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:06 am

Hey everyone first id like to say nice forum here been creeping through post all day and haven't found my issue so was hoping you guys can help!

Like the title says wont start here's what I've done so far.

New batt- not resolved
Cleaned terminals - still nothing

Car has power and fuel pump kicks on but when trying to crank nothing happens!!

Any help will be super appreciated!!

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Postby keithvibe » Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:11 am

do you get a clicking noise while trying to start the car or nothing at all?
Does the headlights work? Dash lights?
If you don't get any clicking, most likely it's the starter
If the headlights or dash lights don't work it's most likely the main 100amp fuse located under the hood.


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Postby scherry2 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:15 am

manual or automatic?
sounds like a starter if it doesn't crank. might be a fuse blown under the hood along the drivers fender i think there is a crank fuse there.
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Postby steve03viber » Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:18 am

Yes to the lights no to the clicking noise and its automatic
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Postby ou.grizzly » Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:30 am

Are you getting fuel to the fuel rail?

Is it turning over normal or slow?

Have you tried pushing the gas pedal all the way to the ground an starting it?

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Postby keithvibe » Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:59 am

I'd bet 100bucks it's the starter that is the issue.


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Postby TONY TAT2 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:04 am

1st thing i would check is power to the starter,it should have battery power to the big stud on the starter solanoid. If you have power there the problem is in the starting circuit, neutral safety switch,bad starter. I use a test light that has no ground wire to use,built in buzzer also.Great for testen out computor control systems cause theres "no" back feed thru a ground wire.
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Postby A Psycho Martyr » Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:17 am

Same thing did a month ago.....starter was out.

You can tap on the starter with a ratchet or something while someone holds the key in "start" postion and it MIGHT crank.... That way you don't have to tow it to a shop, you can drive it there

Give that a shot. Worked for me

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Postby TONY TAT2 » Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:59 am

Ya,I gota do that with my riden lawn mower ,gota air up all 4 tires,add gas,then i dont fell like mowen the lawn anymore !
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Postby A Psycho Martyr » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:45 am

damn that sucks

gotta do what we gotta do i suppose

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Postby steve03viber » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:53 am

Lol picking up a starter tomorrow, I do t trust shops because. I know some people that own a shop and they were to lazy to fix a stripped oilplug and all they did was spray paint it black. So doing it my self. On the bright side today I blacked out my tail lights pics will be up in the am!!
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Postby A Psycho Martyr » Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:58 am

sounds good man. I just hope you didn't make the mistake SO many before you have made (INCLUDING ME ) and tinted waaaaayyy too dark and have to sand it down and redo it lighter
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Postby steve03viber » Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:13 am

Eh they are dark ill go snap a pic of em now for ya
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Postby A Psycho Martyr » Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:21 am

Check out >>this<< thread where I posted.

You can see all the trouble I had with mine

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Re: 03 wont start!! frustrated! (steve03viber)

Postby mrxavier344 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:18 am

Hi just want to throw in my 2 cents with your starting problem. I am the original owner of a 2003 Vibe GT and I've done my absolute best to maintain and keep it in good condition. I've had the 30k, 60k, and 90k maintenance, oil changes, etc. I've never had any starting problems and all parts on the car, except for a replacement battery and brakes.

Last week my Vibe wouldn't start. The car cranked, but wouldn't turn over. I thought it might of been the battery, but I got it tested and it wasn't, I cleaned the terminals and because it cranked I started to think it was the fuel line or fuel pump, or something along those lines.

So, I got it towed and it turns out the problem was that my throttle valve was not functioning properly (closing/opening) because of particulate/dirt that built up on and around the valve.

The point of all the above is that even though I thought throttle inspections/cleanings would have been a part of those 30k/60k/90k checks either they aren't or they haven't been done.....and it led to a situation that sounds a lot like yours. So, maybe its the throttle valve!

I hope this helps.

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