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What does it mean when I turn the car key, nothing happens for a bit, and then the car revs to life?

The most likely from my experience of this happening are - Worn/burnt contacts in the starter solenoid Worn starter motor brushes Bad connection between the high current cable and the starter ...
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What does it mean when I turn the car key, nothing happens for a bit, and then the car revs to life?

What you are describing is known as a 'lazy' starter. Starters take a lot of power to run, enough energy to injure a human, so to protect the carbon unit between the pedal and the wheel automakers use ...
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Battery or what?

There are several possibilities: The bike's battery is bad. This is by far the least likely cause, as the previous battery behaved exactly the same way. The chances of having two batteries fail ...
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'09 Chevy Malibu - No Crank, No Start - Heavy Troubleshooting Already Completed

On GMs now adays the Engine Control Module controls the starter relay. It will look for a park/neutral signal from the range switch and a crank signal from the ignition switch/Body Control Module. A ...
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'09 Chevy Malibu - No Crank, No Start - Heavy Troubleshooting Already Completed

Looking at the video, it appears to be an electrical problem. It looks like the main power leads are losing their continuity when you turn the key to activate the starter. This issue could be ANYWHERE ...
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Ford Focus won't crank no clicking light on dash come on.

Take a look at the wiring on the starter the S terminal wire may have come off. Pull the starter relay. Terminal 30 is fused battery power. Terminal 87 is output to the starter S terminal. Terminal ...
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2005 Chrysler 300c won't start, possibly connected with theft alarm system

By using an non-programmed key to start the vehicle, it has triggered the anti-theft system. According to the Owner's Manual; To disarm the system: Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry ...
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What does it mean when I turn the car key, nothing happens for a bit, and then the car revs to life?

As I've stated in the comments, because of how you describe things happening ... I'm taking a different tact than the other answers. I don't believe your issue is being caused by the battery or the ...
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Car will not start after short sitting period

Sounds like a position switch is failing due to oxidation on the contacts. Typically there is a park or neutral position switch at the shifter and possibly one at the transmission. In a manual ...
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No start/crank following ignition cylinder fix (93 Camry)

Most ignition switches consist of two components: a rotary switch, and a lock cylinder (the part you removed the wafers from) that serves as the "knob" that turns the switch – but only if you have the ...
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2005 Dodge Stratus that won't start after sitting for 5 months

When you put the key into the ON (not start) position, do you hear the fuel pump? Have someone stand at the back of the car, or better yet with their head under the rear bumper, turn the key to ON and ...
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2005 Dodge Stratus that won't start after sitting for 5 months

I would replace the ground to the battery , they are known for corroding internally , it will cause same issues but will not do it all the time, that's where I would start , good luck hope this helps
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No Crank No Start - Single Click - 2002 Mazda Protege5

For me the first step would be to connect a booster cable between the engine and the battery earth terminal - to test if any of the grounding cables / straps have failed. You should then do the same ...
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Shorted battery on 2020 Mercedes A35, now car won't start

I presume that is the ECU in the foreground of the first picture. You said that the metal case touched directly on the battery positive terminal. Since the case was not bolted to the chassis at this ...
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2004 GMC Yukon Denali, intermittent no crank/no start/no noise

It's very likely due to an issue of the Ignition Switch failing to read the VATS/Security Key/"PassKey" Resistor. Here is a site that outlines the different Model Years effected. Here is a ...
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'09 Chevy Malibu - No Crank, No Start - Heavy Troubleshooting Already Completed

Thinking more, you turn the key, massive voltage drop as the starter tries, 1) bad earth to the engine: connect the battery's black wire to a good metal part of the engine, as it is trying to earth ...
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Tundra refuses to start despite replacing starter

Your Tundra should have a Starter Relay, and it's likely in the main fuse block under the hood. I checked your Owners Manual but it doesn't look like they put the information in there. Fuse Locations ...
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Why doesn’t my truck crank up after I changed the starter,neutral safety switch and starter relay?

Clean all of the battery connections and ensure they are tight. This includes the batter and terminal connectors, wire ends at the solenoid, wires to the starter, and wherever else you can find they ...
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Car wont start and couldn't be jumped

Don't think we can get a good diagnosis based on this info unfortunately, just due to the number of things that could cause an issue like this. So I'll start with the basics. Do you have fuel? (check ...
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Car won't start, not cranking, but everything else works

It sounds a lot like your ESM is bad (electric shifter module) or EGS (transmissiom control module). When you move the shifter does the PRNDL on intrument cluster display properly? It will not crank ...
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Battery or what?

This answer assumes there's a fault in the electrical system somewhere. With the bike off, remove the cable from one terminal of your battery and put a multimeter (IN CURRENT MODE!) in series with ...
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engine not cranking, it only gives click sound as I try to start

My bet is, your battery is too dead to run the engine, which could be caused from a bad alternator. You can check the voltage at the battery using a digital multimeter (DMM). It should be around 12....
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Ford F150 2009 will not start!! (Has power)

Last update: we got our truck back and it was that someone who had checked about the lights "accidently" changed fuses out of place and some went missing. It works now.
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Please explain this no crank no start

Does it sound like that main relay was bad all along and was the cause of all the no crank and no starts? If so why did using the jump starter get the car to run on those occasions? No. It sounds ...
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New ECM, car will not crank, VIN is programmed correctly

Your immobilizer is active. After flashing the replacement ECU with proper VIN and calibrations you need to also program the immobilizer to store the sync codes in the replacement ECU. It needs to be ...
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car will not turn over when key turned

The most likely things that I can think of are a faulty ignition switch or a faulty relay in a fuse box. It sounds to me like all the devices that are usually powered in position 2 of the ignition ...
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2014 Ford Focus won't start at all

If it's the battery that came with the car from the factory, five years is beyond the expected end of life period. Have the battery health checked at your local auto parts store (Autozone, etc.).
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no crank for my 2006 chevy malibu

There is a similar post for a 2009 Malibu ... maybe some of the troubleshooting steps can help you narrow down your issue. Good luck and if there are any other specifics you can share one reviewing ...
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2004 Toyota Corolla No Crank No Start

Measure voltage drop when key is cranked at battery Compare battery voltage at starter wire (not signal wire) when cranked Anything less than 9.5-10v is a dead battery Also comparing voltage at ...
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My car won't start but has dash lights headlights n radio all normal

This sounds like a dead or dying battery - jump start or replace battery, but if you jump start it won't start the next time.. And then have the charging system checked just in case. Edit: so if ...
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