I have this very nice car listed above with original miles. She sits in storage, I take her out two or three times a year, "always" cranks right over once I connect battery. Drove her around town a bit the other day, parked her near where I park for storage, came back to her an hour later to detail, turned key and nothing! It did everything it normally does with the ATS chip inserted under dash, except start, it acts as if the chip is not inserted, but it is. I get all the lights and gauges, headlights, horn, all other electrical items function normally, battery is 3 years old, had it tested by Walmart where it came from, tested perfect, and again by AAA, again, tested perfectly, like new. One clue though, when I turn the key to start position, stand alone clock and radio displays go out, I don't think that's normal. Called the Ford dealer where I bought it, they suggested a few things, take key and cycle the ignition 8 times and on the 8th time try starting, nothing, due to some neutral safety switch issue way back when, they suggested trying to start in neutral, nothing. Tried tapping what I believe to be the starter (looking at engine from front of vehicle, bottom left), nothing. I'm not convinced it's the starter. Something tells me perhaps there's an ATS relay or fuse somewhere that may have blown. Checked all fuses inside of vehicle above driver floor and in engine compartment, all good. The only recommendation I have not yet tried is having someone hold key to on position while I tap starter. I read where someone told another poster that ATS relay under left side dash, perhaps near or on steering column, I just looked under dash in that area with a bright headlamp, I see nothing that resembles a relay, tomorrow I will take panel off under column and see if anything is there, I will also buy a new battery just to rule that out, even though battery testing perfect, perhaps there's something beyond the tests. Attaching a pic of car and video of the starting without and with chip inserted.
Thank you in advance for any and all suggestions, comments, input and shared experiences in regards to this issue.
21.07.20 19:10 Pacific (The O.C.)
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Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 AT 7:10 PM