Way too much information.
Do you hear a click under the hood when you turn the ignition switch to "crank"? That would be the starter relay doing what it's supposed to do.
Do you hear a loud single "clunk" each time you turn the key? That would be the solenoid on the starter motor doing what it's supposed to do. A common problem is worn solenoid contacts. It's an easy inexpensive repair to replace them, but they never fail completely at first. If you hear this loud clunk, keep cycling the key to the crank position. Eventually it will crank. This problem will get worse over time until, as in the case of my mother's van, it did finally start, but she lost count after 700 attempts and a blister on her thumb!
If you don't hear a loud clunk, turn on the headlights and try starting it again. If you see the headlights get very dim while trying to crank the engine, the battery is discharged, has a shorted cell, or the cables are loose or have corrosion between them and the battery posts.
The last thing is to put the gearshift in neutral and try cranking it. If that works, either the shifter linkage is out of adjustment or the neutral safety switch is defective. The linkage is rarely an issue unless someone had it apart for some other reason. Also, your vehicle might use a shifter sensor instead of the older neutral safety switch.
Friday, March 20th, 2009 AT 4:39 PM