When I turn the key it doesn't start

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JESSE KUEKER
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  • 2008 CHEVROLET UPLANDER
  • 45,000 MILES
I have a 2008 chevy uplander - But the horn goes off and the wipers turn on the lights blink but it wont start what do I do. First time this happened but wife was stranded and unhappy help me make her happy
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Sunday, February 12th, 2012 AT 2:47 PM

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Tiny
JOE F
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Is the security light coming on? It sounds related to it. Check the battery it could be low on charge. Here is a guide

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

Please run down this guide and report back.
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Sunday, February 12th, 2012 AT 5:55 PM
Tiny
TURBOJAY
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I had this problem and guide helped me see the battery was the problem got a new one for 124.00 all set :) I love this site.
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:36 PM
Tiny
ARC77079
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  • 2008 CHEVROLET UPLANDER
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Car starts and then wont start. First thing I check was the battery and terminals battery is good and terminals are tight. In dash system shows battery to be between 12 and 13.9 volts so I know there is enough power to start. When I turn the key all power comes on without surge. Second position I can hear the "click" that engages the starter but when I get to the third key position the engine will not turn over. It makes no sound, no clicking to tell me the starter is bad, no sound at all. Is this the solenoid? How do I find out what the problem is. I am not a mechanic but am very inclined so I don't have volt meters or anything like that. On an old car I would just stick a screw driver in the solenoid but on a newer car I don't know what to do. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SATURNTECH9
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Get a test light and see if you have power to the small purple wire at the starter with the key in the start position when it doesn't start?If battery and connections are good and you have power there when it doesn't start bad starter.
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Tiny
BULL1772
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  • 2006 CHEVROLET UPLANDER
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
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  • 180,000 MILES
I have lights, locks, but no instrument panel power sliding doors and it will not even try to turn over, nothing. No clicking of starter, nothing. However, if the starter is jumped it starts up but shuts off immediately after removing power.
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
KEN L
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Hello,

It sounds like either the ignition switch is bad or you lost a fusible link. Here is a guide to help you get started along with the wiring diagrams for your car. Use the test light to test for power at the switch and the fuse panel.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

Please let us know what happens, we are interested to see what it is.

Cheers, Ken
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BULL1772
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Thanks but I found the issue. It was the digital media/radio amp. I'm assuming it was interfering with the security system. Pulled the fuse (#4) for the amp and it started right up.

Thanks again, Scott
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
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KEN L
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Nice work, we are here to help, please use 2CarPros anytime.

Cheers, Ken
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
LWBB
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  • 2007 CHEVROLET UPLANDER
Engine Performance problem
2007 Chevy Uplander 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

ran out of gas, put gas in-ran 1 mile and black smoke came out of tailpipe and it died and will not start again. It will turnover but will not crank
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SERVICE WRITER
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Cranking and turning over both mean the same, but I get what you mean.

IF fuel is supect, try shooting carb cleaner into the throttle body and see if it starts. If so, check the fuel pressure to see if it is in spec.

IT may be valuable to know if any codes were set in the computer, although none may be present.
If you are under 36,000 miles you should still be under factory warranty.
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
DRUAA5
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  • 2006 CHEVROLET UPLANDER
  • 6 CYL
I have a 2006 chevy uplander. When you start it you have to give it gas or it won't start. Also has a remote start and it does not always start with it.
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
DR LOOT
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Replace fuel filter to start
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
CHUCKITUNA
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There is no fuel filters on these models, no one has a part #
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JLNESVOLD
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  • 2005 CHEVROLET UPLANDER
2005 Chevy Uplander

We live in Northern Minnesota, and when it gets cold here, the starter on our Uplander doesn't work. It will try once, for about five seconds, then just click. It's a fast click. Wait twenty minutes, try again, same thing. We hook it to some jumper cables and another vehicle, and it starts right away. Is there some sort of battery-protection trigger in there? And how can we make it stop doing this?
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SATURNTECH9
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I would start by having ur battery tested it sounds like u have a weak battery because if u can jumpstart it then I wouldnt suspect a starter or anything else except the battery also have the alternator checked as well. Let me know what u find.
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
2CARPROS-ARCHIVES
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  • 2007 CHEVROLET UPLANDER
  • 84,000 MILES
Car won't start. When you turn ignition key the door locks go up & down, the horn starts blowing & engine wont start.
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
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ROY B
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Does it crank?

Roy
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Tiny
ROBERTBURDSAL
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Same issue with my 07 Uplander - and it does not crank.
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
2CARPROS-ARCHIVES
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  • 2007 CHEVROLET UPLANDER
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Yesterday I drove vehicle to the store. When I got back in car I tried to start the car it would not start. When you open the door you hear a clicking noise and the interior lights blinks on and off. When I tried to jump start the car and start it the horn blows. Every time I turn the key to start the horn blows. When you take the jumper cables off the car and try to start it, the vehicle goes dead except display menu, radio, and the clicking and blinking light. Brought the car used it did not come with a key fob. What could this be?
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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 AT 5:37 PM (Merged)
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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Remove battery.....to reset stuff

Recharge your battery ---- or have it tested --obtain a new one if needed

It needs to be fully charged upon installation

Regardless, have the battery and charging system tested at a popular auto parts store.....this is usually free!

Need a new one?

See this 1st

Http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1977-jeep-cj7-front-wheel-wont-into-4-low/page/2

Return with good news

Your turn

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