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Red battery on dash
The red battery icon lights up if your charging system is NOT generating enough voltage. Everything that using electric current on the vehicle runs off of the battery power, which is supplied by the alternator/regulator. If your alternator is not working your battery will eventually drain and car will die (headlights will kill it fast). First thing I would check would be if the alternator belt broke. If so ,replace it. If not, your alternator may have quit and needs replacing. Alternator is like 2 or 4 bolts to take it off (easy stuff). Once you get the electrical system working again, be sure to let you battery get a full trickle charge, as not to cause you problems later.
on Jun 06, 2014
We put the new starter on today, and the car still won't start. We are thinking it's the starter relay. What else can be wrong with the car? can you please help us we depend on that car. Thank you
There is no starter relay shown in a wiring diagram. The only thing between the ignition switch and the starter solenoid is the park/neutral switch (or the clutch pedal position switch on manuals).
Do the warning lights and gauges come on with key on? That would verify power is into the switch and being sent out. The small purple wire on the starter solenoid should have power on it when the key is held in start position. If it does, recheck your starter and battery connections. When the purple wire energizes the solenoid, the starter motor should crank the engine.
If no power on the purple wire in start, check the neutral safety switch or the clutch switch if a manual. The start wire out of the ignition switch is a yellow wire, and the wire from either safety switch to the starter solenoid is a purple wire.
(The power to the ignition switch is from the 50 amp Ignition fuse in the under hood fuse block.) See? The positive battery cable is connected to the starter, but not to the starter motor. When the key is in start, the hot purple wire energizes the solenoid and the battery cable is connected to the starter motor.
on May 25, 2014
Car wont shift out of park or into park easily
You mention the knob on the shifter is loose. Do you remember if the knob has always been loose or is this recent? I ask because I thought there was a button to push or a lever to lift to move the shifter into or out of R and P. So that you might not accidentally push the shifter into either of those settings and possibly damage the mechanism. If there is a lever or button, it might be that the button or lever doesn't fully disengage when you press it BECAUSE the knob on the shifter is loose. You might need to tighten the knob. Might need hex keys / Allen keys or small screwdrivers to tighten the knob. good luck.
on May 23, 2014
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