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Car won't start-electrical problem?

(2001 Ford Crown Victoria)
in Greenville, SC on September 28, 2010
Went to start my car the other day.... and out of the blue, it wouldn't start. I put the key in the ignition and the lights in the car would come on but the engine wouldn't even turn over. I have no idea if the fact that it was raining could have anything to do with it.
We checked the battery, and the juice was fine. Also, the wires connected to the battery had electrical current. Any ideas as to what the problem could be? I really need some sound advice, as I am not able to get it to a mechanic.
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on September 28, 2010
Sounds like you're doing the right checks. One thing I would recommend looking at: check your shifter. If it's not 100% in park or neutral, it will not crank. Maybe wiggle it when turning the key, or just shift to neutral. You could have a transmission range (TR) sensor that is failed, saying you are not in park or neutral also.

Beyond that, you have starter and/or soleonid failure, or a starter relay issue. The relay is located on the passenger side of the engine compartment towards the front in a box.
on February 02, 2016
Gentlemen thank you for your insight. I just went through the trouble shooting with a 2000 crown vic. My love/hate relationship with this otherwise solid vehicle isn't worth reading about here...

But the shifting arm is the baby in that equation. Having fidgeted with it for a bit, just nudging it counter-clockwise till I hear a tiny click, whatever mechanism that is in there...

Anyway. It worked. Few feelings compare to getting a car to start you were worried were toast.

This input was extremely valuable to me. Thank you so much. Out of gratitude I will go on other pages and point out this idiosyncrasy.

- Ramstak
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