What do I do if the engine won’t start?
When you turn the key in the ignition (or press the start button with a smart key system), the engine should crank and allow you to drive. However, there may be conditions that prevent the engine from cranking in the first place. Here are a few important troubleshooting steps to follow if you find that your engine won’t start:
Check the fuel level. If the tank is empty, fill it (you’ll need to use a portable gas can).
You may have flooded the engine. Wait 15 minutes or so and try to crank the engine again.
The immobilizer system may be malfunctioning. Check the Immobilizer light in the dash. If it is flashing quickly, then there’s a problem with the system (the key is not programmed, for example).
You may not have the smart key in the car (if you have the smart key system).
The smart key may be too far from the receiver. Make sure the smart key is in your pocket in the front seat.
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