Temecula Auto Repair and Radiator / 2003 Ford Explorer
     
  2003 Ford Explorer

Random problem with starting the car.  There are times when I try to start the car that it will not start or turn over when the key is turned on.  It is a computerized key and I am sure it is not the battery, etc..  There is no noise or engagement whatsoever.  It appears to occur intermittently and with no discernible pattern ... although it seems to occur when it is hot outside.  There have been times that it has turned over when ice has bben applied to the ignition on the steering wheel or starts when the temperature cools at night several hours later.

The key turns and nothing happens - no noise, no trying to start, no sound .. as if the connection has not occurred.

Please let me know what causes this random and umpredictable occurence.
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What is a Directed Vehicle? In order to comply with state law, the California Department of Consumer Affairs along with the Bureau of Automotive Repair (DCA/BAR) directs a portion of the vehicles registered in Enhanced Smog Check Areas of California to Test-Only and Gold Shield stations. These vehicles are called Directed Vehicles. Enhanced Areas are those parts of the state with "serious" ozone pollution problems.

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