Pulled away from a stoplight the other night and the car died. Stopped the car, put it in park and cycled the ignition key and nothing happened. Had lights and accessories, but the engine wouldn't turn over. Tried it a few more times and no luck. Waited a few minutes and tried again and it started right up. Took the car straight home and parked it in the garage.
Went to use the car a couple of days later, went to the garage and started the car, then went in the house. Came back 10 minutes later and the car had died while I was inside. Cycled the ignition key -had all lights and accessories, but when the key is turned all the way, nothing happens. Cycled the key several times and finally got a connection and it started. I then shut it off and it hasn't started since -and boy I've been turning that key back and forth! Everything on the dash looks normal when you stick in the key and begin to turn it, but "seems" as if there's no electrical connection being made to engage the starting circuit. There's no sounds at all, not even a click from the engine.
I'm thinking the car has a bad ignition (solenoid? -The harness & apparatus on the steering column that plugs into the back of the ignition key housing?). After all I'm reading about on the various newsgroups I'm not sure if there's something else that may be interfering with the starting process. Any ideas?
Oh, by the way, the theft light is continuously flashing. I don't drive the car that much (my wife does) and I'm wondering if, once you use the electronic key to unlock the car, shouldn't the theft light go out?
Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 AT 2:03 PM