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Old 06-28-2009, 15:29   #1 (permalink)
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1997 Sable will not start

1997 Sable - duratech engine

The car ran ok one day then the next morning would not start. The battery and starter have been replaced. The car still will not start.

When the key is turned a clicking noise is heard from the dashboard but nothing else.

Any ideas as to what is wrong would be helpful, thanks!
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Question Re: 1997 Sable will not start

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1997 Sable - duratech engine

The car ran ok one day then the next morning would not start. The battery and starter have been replaced. The car still will not start.

When the key is turned a clicking noise is heard from the dashboard but nothing else.

Any ideas as to what is wrong would be helpful, thanks!
Is the THEFT light flashing when you attempt to start??? If so you have an issue with the Secure-Lock system (chip key system) which will cause a no-crank condition.
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Re: 1997 Sable will not start

If the theft system is OK, then the battery you bought could have been bad (sitting on the shelf for TOO long, perhaps). If you have another vehicle, swap batteries providing it fits, or use it to boost off of to see if the vehicle will start. Generally if the vehicle doesn't crank and theft system is OK, then a dead battery is a usual sign of the 'clicking' noise you hear. Another possibility could be that the starter wasn't installed correctly, but that generally won't even give you a clicking noise, it'll just seem dead (like my old GMC Savanna van).
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