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Old 12-07-2013   #1
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No Crank, No Start

Hope all is well. Jumped in the car the other day and turned the key and it didn't crank. Ran perfect earlier in the day, but now I've got nothing. All the lights work fine, but not getting anything when I turn the key. Put it up on jacks today and did the standard checks. First I checked for corrosion at all the connections and cleaned all of them up even if they didn't need it. Battery is good. Ground from the battery checks out. Connections at the battery and the starter are good. I also ran jumper cables right from the battery to the starter and crossed fat stud to smallest one to engage the starter. It did engage the starter. I also tested out the solenoid and it did engage the bendix. So I'm not sure if I can count out the starter because both of those tests came out positive. Sort of lost on what to do now. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Old 01-28-2014   #2
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Re: No Crank, No Start

Not sure if you figured this out or not, but did you check the fuse next to the battery?
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Old 01-29-2014   #3
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Re: No Crank, No Start

Sounds like it could be the VATS...
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Old 02-04-2014   #4
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Re: No Crank, No Start

Depending on year, VATS will allow the engine to crank over but won't fire the injectors.

88 VATS will not allow the engine to crank. 90 will allow it to crank over but no injector firing. Im not sure about other years.
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