I have owned the car for almost 5 years now and I have never had any problems with it until this past year. I just spent $1,200 replacing and fixing it up and I just replaced the spark plugs and cables for the second time in 8 months. The car has almost 140,000 miles on it and now it wont start up all the time for example I will turn the key and the lights and radio will come on but the engine/starter wont even make a sound, I wait for a few seconds and try again and nothing but lights and radio again! In the end it takes about 10 tries for the car to finally start up. Can someone please give me some insight into what may need to be replaced? Maybe some cheaper alternative options also since I just put about $1,300 into fixing other problems this past March.
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Answer #1Fresha May 15, 2012, 21:53Rookie
WOW. THATS ALOT OF MOINEY FOR A CAR THAT STARTED GIVING YOU THAT PROBLEM. SOUNDS TO ME LIKE A SHORT SOMEWERE. CHECK YOUR BATTERY TERMINALS. ITS USUALLY THE PART WE OVER LOOK. ALSO HAVE YOUR ALTERNATOR CHECK. CHEC. ALSO MAYBE SINCE YOU SAID YOU PUYT IN A 1200 INTO FIXING IT,GO BACK TRACK AND FOR SURE YOULL FIND OUT WHAT YOU PAST OR OVERLOOK.CHECK ALL YOUR SENSORS ALSO.
Replymshep90, May 16, 2012, 22:52Rookie
Thanks for the advice. I just replaced the water pump and that seems to have helped a little bit. I think it is just time for a new car. I had 2 mechanics tell me the transmission is probably gonna go out pretty soon :/
Answer #2elizan June 10, 2013, 09:11Rookie
I also have an '05 Impala and it's doing the same thing. It did it a couple of times 2 years ago and is now doing it regularly. It started with the Security and Engine lights on....wouldn't start for at least 10-20 minutes. Disconnected and reconnected the battery to get it started, now the lights are off and remain off, but it frequently won't start and without any warning. I'm told it's the PassLock system - anti-theft device. I understand it's pretty common and pretty costly to repair. I share your frustration.