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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    I just recently purchased a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora thinking I was getting a great deal. The dealer was sure to specify a 30 "drive train only" warranty. The second day of ownership the car simply would not start and has started only intermittently since. I would like to know (You said you were getting a new starter) if the new started cured your problem. Thanks Al

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    Hey Snowy welcome to FG, if you look at the upper left of the post,
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    I realize this is an old thread, but if someone is still having this problemhere's what I get. Battery is up and connected properly... no starter sounds when key is turned ..... intermittent problem. If this is correct, my first place to look would be at the neutral starting switch and shift linkage. 2nd place would be the ignition switch, and I am not referring to where you put the key in, I'm talking about the electrical unit activated by the key which is attached to the steering column under the dash. If it is loose on the column, instead of making a connection inside the unit, the unit will move on the column. simply tighten the two small screws holding it in place once you position the unit in its proper position. Check for sloppy gear shift linkages as well as a loose or faulty neutral starting switch, again on the steering column or side of transmission. Hope this helps. I was a licensed mechanic for 25 years and have run across these simple and inexpensive cures many a thyme.

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    My mom has a 97 Aurora, that has sat for quite a while in the garage, but we are now using it more. We have had a similar starting issue. The symptoms we see are:
    1. When it doesn't start: put key in ignition, turn to ignition on, get no lights, gauges, radio, etc. The ONLY signs of life when you turn on the ignition is the dashboard lights, and the parking lights.
    2. When it does start: Key in, turn to ignition position; radio, gauges are powered, warning lights come on like normal.

    I noticed also today that when it isn't working, even the radio won't come on when you turn it to accessory position (turning it from off, back away from ignition). But when it is working, the radio does come on in accessory position.

    SO, this seems like some kind of ignition relay, or could the security chip in the key be a factor? At least for 97, the Aurora had that little chip on the ignition key, about the size of 1/2 grain of rice. I have a Ford Explorer that had an intermittent problem with the chip, that prevented the truck from starting, however I think the radio still worked.

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    [SIZE="4"]tcj103, the description you give re-enforces my belief that the actual ignition switch on the lower portion of the steering column is not secured tightly, or, is defective. What happens when the key is turned, is a rod which relays the key position to the switch, and moves the contacts inside to the proper position. If the switch is loose, instead of the contacts being brought together, the entire unit moves on the column, rather than the pole position inside moving. This would account for no radio etc when its not functioning properly, because the contact points are between positions dew to the unit moving as a whole. You can locate this unit on the upper side of the lower steering column, by just following the relay rod down, its hald by 2 tiny self fasteners that are hard to get at, but this will likely be your best possible solution. Hope this helps.

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    I have a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora and I started having the same problem in January. I thought it was my battery so I had it replaced. After a while it was fine but now it does not want to start. The car makes like a dead click sound and the radio and all the lights will come on but not the engine. Also if I leave my keys sitting in the ignition and attempt to restart my car it will not come on either. On top of that anytime I put gas in the car it goes through this violent jerking phase where it jerks as I speed up. I had my mechanic change the fuel filter, give me a tune-up, tighten the battery wires, had all my fluids changed and he said there was nothing wrong with my starter or alternator. I am so confused about this car. I don't know what to do. I want to keep it but it just seems as if it doesn't want to work.

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    Quote Originally Posted by sleeper View Post
    Can anyone tell me why a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora will start sometimes but not all the time? I took it to the dealer they couldn't find anything wrong with the car. When I try and start the car you can see that the battery is not dead, because the lights turn on; but it doesn't make any noise...not even a clicking sound. And what really gets me is, that it happens randomly...not all the time.
    I think you have to try inquiring somewhere else, maybe you need to replace your starter at [link removed] in Car-stuff. These guys are great and they provide excellent service.
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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    Before you head to repair shop check the battery negative grounding strap bolted into the floor off the car. it may be lose my issue was some days it started some days it would not I decided to display the voltage on messenger center in the car and drove around see if there was drop in voltage. and there was , once below 13 volts I knew once I shut it off it would not start. the battery checked out fine. so I knew it had to be starter , alternator , or maybe ignition. those checked out fine. when I went to put my battery back notice the negative ground was lose at the floor. tried to tighten but would not go in any more so went to hardware store bought 2 18 cent washers installed between the ground strap and floor to make the negative cable tight to the floor and behold the car starts up every time. if your having the same problem as I have had save yourself 100's of dollars and check if this may be an issue . good luck

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    Hey RONO, welcome to Forum Garden. Unfortunately, this thread is years old,
    so your post didn't make it in time!

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

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    maybe you want to replace the cranking sensors , if everything else is fine. if the care just cranks will not start. could be the problem had replaced mine at around 85,000 mile if that the problem replace them both. hope this solves your problem. and be sure and check the negative grounding strap underneath the back seat. attached to the floor , they do become loose my experience

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