Originally Posted by quadancer
That chipset is what worried me the most. I hotwire the lead going to the solenoid and it starts just fine: I'm just getting tired of going under the hood with an allen wrench to start it and the wife can't do it.
I guess the fastest, cheapest solution is a pushbutton under the dash, but I hate to start jury-rigging if there's an easy fix.
Neutral lockout doesn't seem to be it; there is a lot of play in the shift lever, but moving it around in park and neutral while holding the key over doesn't give me a start.
Have you tried tapping the starter with a hammer when it won't crank??? I'd remove the aeroshield (black panel that bolts to lower edge of front fascia and the subframe) and using a test light check for power on the solenoid trigger wire terminal (the small wire) while someone holds the key in the start position. If you have power there when it still doesn't crank, disconnect the trigger wire and check for corrosion on the pigtail connector and the terminal on the starter. If you find corrosion, replace the pigtail connector, and clean the trigger wire terminal on the starter. If no corrosion is found, and you have power in the start position, you have a bad starter.