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For the last month, my SRX will not start everytime when I turn the key. All the electrical works fine (lights, radio, windows, etc.) but there wont be a spark or anything. After 20 or 30 minutes of trying, the car will fire up and run perfectly fine.

At first, I thought it was the tumbler/ignition housing because I would jiggle the key in there and eventually it would start. Now that doesn't seem to work, so I started wiggling wires connected to the ignition/tumbler and that would work for awhile. And sometimes I would adjust the shifter as far into park as I could and sometimes I think that helped. I now do a combination of all these things, and it has become a ritual to get the car started.

After looking on the internet and these forums, I decided to check the fuses under the hood and had the battery tested and cleaned the connections to the battery. It is a perfectly fine battery and the fuses looked fine. However, I do not know how to tell if the bigger square fuses are good or not. After doing this a new problem occured:

When I put the battery back in, I tried to start the car thinking I reset the system. Nothing happened. Went through the ritual and after 2 attempts and a minute later, it fired up. Now I have a reading saying service anti theft system. Also, the gas is just over half tank and it is saying "low Range". Also, I forgot to mention that I suspected the Fuel pump, and so I actually stepped on the gas as I started it this time.

So what do you guys think? Am I looking at thousands of dollars to repair or can I do it myself?
 

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Re: 2005 Cadillac SRX will not start consistently

My first thought was fuel pump but you need to check for codes as most issues (but not all) with the pump will throw a code. Unless you are very mechanically inclined and have service manual, you should probably take it in for service.
 

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Re: 2005 Cadillac SRX will not start consistently

Lot's of variables here. I would start with the basics by confirming fuel pressure at the rail and ignition spark. If you don't have those tools, take it to the mechanic. I would recommend that you have the Factory Service Manual as well. The FSM has a table with a systematic approach for diagnosing a no-start condition.
 

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Re: 2005 Cadillac SRX will not start consistently

Some of your symptoms described are similar to what happens when the ignition switch is failing on the Trailblazer/Envoy. The part is priced less than $30 on rockauto's site however there's some precautions on disabling the air bag system.
It's something you'd have to decide if it's a DIY project within your scope.
Maybe others on the forum can comment if they have changed the switch and what were the symptoms.
 

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Re: 2005 Cadillac SRX will not start consistently

Thanks for the info guys. I actually just left the Cadillac dealership where they diagnosed it as the starter is faulty. No codes showed up. I asked if the ECM needed reprogramming and they said no. They also said that if it was the ignition switch I wouldn't be getting of my lights or electrical to turn on. As for the fuel pump, they said you can hear it trying to kick in so it isn't that. They said there is a current going from the ignition to the relay to the solenoid and all the way to the starter, but the starter is just not kicking in. I asked if it could be the wiring and they said no because there is a pulse all the way to the starter.

Keep your fingers crossed for me. I'm praying that this $700 repair fixes the problem. I'll keep you posted.
 
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bembol, it is good to hear that your dealership was able to pinpoint the issue for you. Hopefully this is what fixes it for you and thank you for keeping us all up to date on your experience with the dealership. Hopefully I wont have to setp in but just in case I am here to help.

Jeff Morris, Cadillac Customer Service
 

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Re: 2005 Cadillac SRX will not start consistently

Wow...

$700 to replace a starter!

a tiny electric motor attached to the bottom of the engine.

These things are expensive.

Good luck man - - hope that resolves all your issues.
 

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Re: 2005 Cadillac SRX will not start consistently

I had starting problems when I had bad cats (known problem for the 1st gen SRX). After having them replaced them it was solved.
 

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Bembol could you keep me posted,my 2004 Srx seems to be having the same issues,when it won't start I don't get a click you cannot jump start it. All the lights come on, but cannot get it to turn over. Took it to a Cadillac dealership they could not find the problem,there were no codes on the computer. They would only assume that it might be the starter. Said all the indications point that way. I can be reached at [email protected]
 

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Bembol, please let me know the update. My truck does the same no starting, we use different methods also to get it started like locking and unlocking the doors along with opening the door a couple of times, then letting it sit for about 2-15 minutes then it startes up like nothing is wrong. Cadillac said they can't find the problem no codes come up we are just at a lost. There has been a few time where we thought we would have to call a tow truck it didn't start on 3 occassions for 30-45 minutes.
 

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This is disappointing. Folks start threads, ask for help, and then don't have the courtesy to post the outcome, leaving everyone hanging.

PJ
 

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Well, he did say they were replacing the starter. I suspect that rather than a bad starter it is just as likely weak ground contact where the starter bolts to the engine. But since you have to remove the intake manifold etc. to get to the starter, at that point you might as well spend the bucks and put in a new starter. :stirpot:
 

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Re: 2005 Cadillac SRX will not start consistently

Had a no crank problem when hot on 04 v-6. Would crank ok after cooling off. Bought new starter off e-bay ($70) and replaced. Over two years of operating without any additional problem. Solenoid would not kick in when hot.
 

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Hi guys Im having similiar problem I hear a clicking sound all electri turns on but it doesnt start I had a mechanic replace starter to no avail I keep hearing somehting about selenoid... I dont want to spend money on process of elimination I might just take to dealer if any1 know what it can be let me know... I promis I would return with an answer if I take to dealer
 

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Where is clicking sound coming from, RT front (fuse block) or lower LT rear of engine (starter area)?
 

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hey guys after spending 230 dollars for a starter i didnt need and knowing then it has to be a grounding problem i took out battery to find corrosion i cleaned it off with a wire brush and guess what.... Thats all it was car starts with no problem I hope this helps some1 save money....
 

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Same problem with my SRX starting at intervals until several weeks ago it wouldn't start at all. Lights and all worked. Had put it in shop for new transmission in July hoping for no more problems; then mechanic suggested replacing battery which was another $200.00. Still only started a few times before it wouldn't start at all. Husband removed old starter and noticed something was sticking on it(can't recall what he said was sticking....chemo brain and Im a nurse with very limited mechanical skills); anyway he just replaced with a new starter and is taking it for a test drive! Praying I wont get the call from him to come pick him up! fingers crossed.
 

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Re: 2005 Cadillac SRX will not start consistently

FWIW a Remy reman starter is 126 bucks + 70 core charge on Rockauto.
After 2 reman starters and a reman wiper motor failed within a couple of month after I installed them, I no longer buy anything that has been "remanfactured". I think they take parts off junk yard cars, paint them, and call them remaned. I had kept the receipts and returned them for new parts. It's just a pain to have to fix a car twice for the same thing. The parts were for my Jeep and Yukon.
 
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