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Hi everyone, new to the forum. My 98 zx2 does absolutely nothing when I turn the key. Lights come on, radio works. Just did this out of the blue.

Any thoughts?
 

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could be the ignition, could be a fuse. do the headlights come on too?

it's auto right? try starting it in neutral.
 

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pextor said:
could be the ignition, could be a fuse. do the headlights come on too?

it's auto right? try starting it in neutral.
Hi, no it's a stick and the headlights come on.
 

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could be the clutch safety switch. also could be the ignition switch as I previously mentioned.

do all the warning lights come on like they should?

try push starting it, if it can safely be done.
 

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pextor said:
could be the clutch safety switch. also could be the ignition switch as I previously mentioned.

do all the warning lights come on like they should?

try push starting it, if it can safely be done.
yup all the warning lights come on.

the clutch was done about 15,000 mile ago if that helps.

where's the ignition switch located?

thanks in advance..
 

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the electrical switch is across from the key part of the ignition. you have to remove the trim on the column to get to it.
 

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The problem is the battery terminals have corrosion built up on them. Remove them and clean the white/greenish powder from them with a wire brush and re-install them.
 

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The problem is the battery terminals have corrosion built up on them. Remove them and clean the white/greenish powder from them with a wire brush and re-install them.
Yes, I've had this happen before. Clean and make sure the terminals connect tightly. The stock terminals are very thin and flexible (crappy) metal. Now is a good time to upgrade them for less than 10 bucks with some heavy duty terminals from an auto parts store, they'll never fail you. Also, make sure the connections are tight on both ends of the grounds at the starter, alternator and battery ends. Finally, make sure your "little black box" is conncted tight. I moved mine to an existing hole in the firewall when I upgraded the terminals, it has never moved and come loose and I have not had a single starting issue since the upgrade.

You *may* have to recharge the battery, a loose ground can drain it.
 

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The problem is, that mine won't even start with it being jumped from our other car, so it cannot be a terminal issue, I would assume! Any ideas?
 

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The problem is, that mine won't even start with it being jumped from our other car, so it cannot be a terminal issue, I would assume! Any ideas?
If you have a bad connection from being loose or dirty, you'll get ZERO power. Jumping can't work without a complete circuit.

Having even a slightly bent/loose terminal on one of these cars with the thin, crappy OEM terminals will cause the car to act like the battery is not connected at all. This is why I replaced them.

Get some like this:
http://contentinfo.autozone.com/znetcs/ ... 2/image/8/
 

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Hi,

Thank for the reply. I think I wasn't specific enough. So here is the full deal:

My battery died (as usual, when I leave the lights on), and I tried to jump start it from our other car. At first it had the dash engine lights come on, and I could hear the injectors clicking, but it didn't have enough power to crank it. The second time I tried to jump start it, something went wrong I suppose, as after that none of the dash lights came on (engine light, ABS light, Oil light,...etc.) and I could not even hear the injectors clicking. Everything else is under power, except for the engine (lights, radio, heating work).

You still think it could be a terminal issue?
 

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Did not see that some items work, just not the engine. This would indicate a good connection to the battery.

This does make it sound like a fuse or PCM issue more likely. Are you sure you checked all of the fuses both underhood AND in the dash?

That said, the factory terminals are still trash and should be upgraded for next to nothing. :wink:
 

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Hi,

Thanks for your replies! I will change the terminals. However, I still need to figure out what's wrong. As far as I could tell both fuse boxes have all fuses in good condition. I will need to check the internal ones though better.

If you have any ideas, let me know!
 

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Hi!

I'm Adrian, I have a 93 escort and I've been having this exact problem. I've changed my terminals to no success and the cables appear to be fine as does the battery's charge. My brother suspects the problem might lie within the clutch switch, could this be it? Also a side note is that for the longest time I've started my escort without the clutch, which never seemed to be a problem until now.

I know that I'm in the wrong area for my particular year, but this is the only thread I've seen that describes my problem. Sorry!
 

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Solution

Hi,

Sorry, for not posting the solution. With a multimeter I actually managed to find the problem. The car had a built-in immobilizer, which I never actually used (as I bought the car used and never got keys for it), and after trying to start it so many times, I assume the thing kicked in.

I simply removed the immobilizer box, reconnected the original cables and the car has been purring like a kitty ever since. It actually has been working even better, not draining the battery like before.

I don't think this will solve your problem, but I hope it does!

-andras
 

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You might wanna check your clutch switch though. You should need your clutch to start the car, maybe the clutch ignition safe switch is bad....

-andras
 

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For the person with the 2nd generation, I'm not familiar with whether your car has the grounding block on the negative battery terminal or not, but if it does check it for lose or corroded wires. Also check the condition of the battery cables themselves, look for burnt spots, weak spots or missing insulation. Sometimes if the insulation is cracked or missing it will let dirt and grime get into the cable and allow corrosion to set in. Be sure to check the connections at the battery, ground and starter to make sure everything is clean/tight. Yes the clutch switch could also be your problem.
 
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