So I got this 2001 mercury sable from a shady buy here pay here lot. It started fine and ran fine on my way to work. I tried to start it to leave, and it won't.
The idle position seemed to work fine, the lights come on in the dash, things start beeping, radio works. All seems fine except when I attempt to engage the starter, nothing. No sounds. Doesn't even try. I got the battery charged and no change. Rules out the battery and the alternator. So I pulled the starter, that works fine out of the car. I tried "jumping" the starter by using a screwdriver to bridge the control circuit and the hot and it works fine, but doesn't start the car. Rules out the starter.
Now I'm thinking the ignition switch is the culprit. So I attempted to hotwire the car. Not an easy thing to do. I tried all ways to connect the 4 wires that come from the ingnition switch. None seem to fire the starter. Furthermore no combination will make it start when I jump the starter. I'm still working on it, but I don't know if I will have any success.
How do I get the car to start? What other problems could there be? If anyone has insight into how I might bypass the ignition switch or the correct wiring diagrams for the car, I would be eternally grateful.