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Guys,

I was going to a number of graduation parties today, and at the last one,
my car wouldn't start! The horn, lights, and stereo work fine. I was able to
push start it and drive home. No problems on the way home. I tried to jump
the car, that didn't work. I switched out the 30A fuse for the ignition
system, that didn't work. The battery has enough juice in it.
When I turn the key, I get no noise what so ever. Is wierd, when the car
is running, and I turn the key, the starter doesn't make any griding noises.
I recently had the car aligned in the front about 3 days ago, I am wondering
if maybe they knocked something loose? Any ideas guys? The starter has 48000
miles on it.
 

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Did you check all your fuses? I think I remember someone having a similar problem, and it was the engine management fuse or something like that.
 
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Sounds like a starter problem to me too. Get yourself a 14mm-17mm wrench (or something of the same size and weight) and tap on your starter with it. Don't hit hard enough to dent the housing. What your trying to do is release some of the carbon build-up on the magnets in the starter. By tapping on it, you should be able to start your car. If this works (which it should assuming it's the starter) than you might have to do this everytime you go to start your car until you get a new one. Make sure though, that when you get in you car now (when it's unable to start) that you hear your ignition switch click. When you turn your key and try to start your car, make sure you hear the click. Don't mix this up with the click when you release the steering. The ignition switch click should sound when you have the key all the way to the right. You know, the moment of time you hold the key to ensure a proper start. If you don't hear the ignition switch click, then I feel for you. If it's bad (which is probably not the case) the switch is located deep beneath the dash, in between the heater and the glovebox. Good luck.
 

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My starter did the same thing just up and died even connecting a hot strate to the starter it still didnt jump

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