I replaced the starter in my 2007 pontiac vibe but when I try to start it, I turn the key and all dash lights are good and bright until key is turned all the way and then they go out until release it

Darren Bateman

Asked by Mar 29, 2015 at 09:46 AM about the 2007 Pontiac Vibe Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

After a couple attempts it finally starts and
runs fine. Battery tested fine, replaced
starter. Please help. I'm worried it won't
start when daughter is driving it to or from

7 Answers


Check for a lose ground cable


You have a loose ground connection(-) on the battery or the battery ground(-) cable is loose or corroded. It should be a simple repair


Grab your wire brushes and start cleaning grounds and power connections, this kind of poor contact can wipe memory of the ECM, radio and any other present that you may have not to mention the low voltage effects on electronics.

Darren Bateman

Tennishoes - I checked battery terminals and both are clean and tight. Only found 2 ground wires under the hood and both were clean and tight. Where else would I find grounded wires?


The next time you turn the key and it does not start, hold the key to the start position and move the shifter from Park to Neutral while holding the key. If it starts while moving the shifter, your neutral safety switch may be going bad.


It is possible that the wire on the starter isn't tight or the ground wire where it is attached to the engine is loose. It is also possible the the starter isn't right it won't be the first time a rebuilt starter wasn't right. If your having the same problem as before you replaced the stater it may be something like the ignition switch I have seen them with burnt terminals because they were loose from the beginning.


Motor to frame, there should be a fairly large ground cluster around the intake manifold. You may need to perform a voltage drop test, it is possible that you have a bad battery cable.

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