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    Car doesn’t start every once and a while

    I have a 2002 Protege5. Few months ago car wouldn’t start. Turn the key, and I hear one click that sounds like it’s cming from the glove box. Lights,radio etc work,steering wheel turns. Battery tested and it’s fine. Friend got it to start by using a screw driver and putting it between two screws. Obviously the starter could be bad. But I also was reading other people having problems with the anti theft immobilizer. Anyone have any clue? Or can tell me which screws I have to put the screw driver between? My friend that did it for me a few months ago passed away.

    Thank u

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    It could be your clutch switch or TR switch (transaxle range switch).

    The ECU needs to know your clutch is in or you are in park or neutral (if it's an automatic) before it will allow the starter motor to engage.

    Your ignition switch may also be bad.
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    I didn*t know our cars have an anti theft immobilizer

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrathofpaul View Post
    I didn*t know our cars have an anti theft immobilizer
    Some do, mine doesn't.
    Apparently there was a factory immobilizer offered as an option.
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