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Old 11-02-2017, 03:57 PM
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Good day to all! I am having a problem starting my Montero , it is kind of a off and on issue, sometimes I would get in and she would fire right up, but sometimes I get in and it does not respond when I turn the key. All the dash lights are on when I am trying to start it, but nothing from the starter, I had my spare key (brand new) that I tried to see if it would help but the issue still is occurring. I am thinking it may be the ignition switch but would like to confirm if any members had this problem in the past. I did search the forum but only found some info on older model Montero's (99) and I'm not sure if they are the same set up, Any info would help me out to figure this out before I get stranded. Thanks in advance!!
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I was hoping someone would answer your question. Since there is no takers, I'll take a stab at it.
Couple of most likely issues are - 1. bad ignition switch or 2. some issue with the grounds/wiring.

Check your battery status, make sure engine grounds are good. Then plug in a voltmeter at starter solenoid and see if you are getting 12v there (consistently) when you turn on the key. This will let you know if you need to be going up to the ignition switch (pre-solenoid) or further down from solenoid in your testing.

Keep in mind, it is possible to have the dash lights on and working well when the battery is nearly dead. The current you need to run the lights is minuscule, while starter requires a ton of current. If your battery is on the brink of going out, you may have enough variation in its' function (day to day or within a day) that at times it will fire right up, and at other times not (but lights are going to be OK).
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Old 11-11-2017, 08:34 PM
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Thanks for the response bro, i was leaning towards that also but i was thinking the neutral safety switch on the tranny shifter maybe. it happens more often now and i want to replace it soon!
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Neutral safety switch is a good candidate fir the trouble. Next time it doesn't start, put transmission in Natural and see if it behaves any different.
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Neutral safety switch is a good candidate fir the trouble. Next time it doesn't start, put transmission in Natural and see if it behaves any different.
My 2003 MS Sport would sometimes do this.

Put foot on brake, shift out of park, then back into park with a firm shift. Then it would start.
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I did notice that when I push the key into the ignition with a little bit of force it also starts up. I wonder if it's just a coincidence or do I have two issues creating the same problem? I think I will get the ignition switch 1st. Should I go dealer or local parts store?
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