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Old 04-17-2016, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default 2005 Ion stopped suddenly

My 2005 ion stopped suddenly, about a minute after starting it. It is a 2.2 liter engine. Now when I turn the key, nothing happens. lights come on, but no sound of the starter even clicking. Engine is not locked up, starter will try to start when direct power is put to it.
When a odb2 reader is hooked up, it shows a communication error. It is getting no info at all. Fuses all look good and I switched some around to double check. Any suggestions would be appreciated. ECM maybe? anything else I should check for?
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I might add that I had the ignition switch and electric steering replaced under recall about 6 months ago at the dealership.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2005 Ion stopped suddenly. Won't turn over.

I have been reading all of the "car won't start, and car shuts off" posts for days, but not really seeing the same thing. If It is obvious and I'm missing it, please tell me. I am seeing everything on the dash start up when I put the key in and turn on car.It has a fully charged battery. When key is turned to start car nothing happens. No clicking of starter. ECM tester is reading no connection. It searches for awhile then returns a no connection code. On the dash it is flashing "coolant" and "power steering". Checked connections of ECM. Checked the fuses under the dash. They all looked good, but maybe they go without a tell-tale sign?

Suggestions on next steps in diagnosis? I have had this car for 3 years and had power steering issues about 6-7 months ago which were fixed with the recall. They also replaced the ignition switch and gave me new keys. Never had another problem until this.

BTW my Ion is a 5 speed

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Old 04-18-2016, 10:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2005 Ion stopped suddenly

i'm thinking everyone is stumped here.

i would check all the fuses regardless how they look. you need to make sure 12V gets to ECU.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:11 PM   #4
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Ok ty will check each one out.
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:25 AM   #5
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Is their 12 volts at the starter large cable and engine block ground with headlights, HVAC blower on and ignition in run position?
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These cases so this when your ecu and/or front lighter fuse (no communication error) are blown. Have you checked both fuse boxes?
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I will check all suggestions on Friday and report back!!
I am a special Ed teacher, and swamped during the week
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:21 PM   #8
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As 2006 ion2 mentioned you might not have 12v power in the Front Power Outlet if that fuse blew (which is located in the Fusebox behind the kick plate next to gas pedal by the Central Instrument Panel). If you have a Car Phone Charger you'll know rather quickly if that fuse is bad... (the rear power outlet is on a separate fuse and may be switched, staying on when Key is "ON" or after it's switched off within 10 minutes and the door(s) stay closed)

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I do have power to the front 12volt plug. I checked it last night
I will check the other things tonight if it stops raining.
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