Codes can set and the light goes off. Mine just did that the other day. You can tell them you had the light on and it went off - or you can check the tool out and check the codes yourself.
MALFUNCTION INDICATOR LIGHT (MIL)
Also called CHECK ENGINE light, MIL illuminates when ignition is turned on. Light remains on for several seconds after engine has started. If an abnormal input signal occurs, light illuminates and Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) is stored in memory. If the abnormal input signal returns to normal, PCM turns light off but DTC remains stored in memory until cleared. If ignition is turned on again, light will not illuminate until PCM detects another malfunction during system operation.
Okay - sorry to repeat but want to make sure I have it.
You turn the key to start - lights come on the dash - and nothing happens. No sound - no engine turn - nothing....right?
Then you can hook jumper cables to your car and it starts right up.
Okay a couple of things to check and for the fuses please use an ohm meter to be sure.
Please check the IG Key 2 Fuse - 40A and the Main Fuse 120A located in the Main Fuse & Relay Box left side of eng compartment.
Main Relay located in the Main Fuse & Relay Box left side of eng compartment. Now the problem with this is I can't locate a check for the relay. So - look in the relay panel and see if there is one just like it. Next time it does then swap them and then try it. Or, you can just purchase a new one and if it does it again, then replace and see.
Here is a test for your ignition switch.
IGNITION SWITCH TEST (MPV)
Switch Position Continuity Between Terminals
ACC E & D
RUN E, D & C; B, & F
START E & C; F & A
Okay - if it were me.
I would do a really good visual on all of my battery cables. Make sure they are clean, no corrosion and have really good connections. This includes where the positive connects to the starter and the negative connects to the car. A bad connection can give you a fit.
I would pull the codes and see what I had. If I had none then do the next.
I would do the above check on the ignition switch. If bad replace if good do the next.
Do the check on the relay.
It sounds like the ignition switch......
Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 6:41 PM