Wife got in the Impala this past weekend and said the car wouldn't start. I told her to make sure she had the transmission selector in PARK because she'd made that mistake once before. 2nd try (verifying PARK), same thing ... no start. I subsequently tried with the key and sure enough ... no start. Lights came on on the the dash, but just a faint noise (not really a click, sort of a "poof") and nothing.
But then I stepped on the brake pedal, turned the key, and it started !!
Later that day, for a sanity check, I leaned into the car sideways on the driver's seat and turned the key (no brake pedal), and the car started (like it always used to .... I was starting to think you needed your foot on the brake to start the car, but this has never been the case with this car).
Any ideas as to what happened here? There was no SECURITY message (which we've seen before as a reason for a 'no-start' condition, but this hasn't happened in several years now, and had only happened a couple of times EVER). Also, the battery looked OK (although it IS 4 years old now). The car hasn't been getting driven as much since I bought the 2011 Equinox in January. Just weekends, but usually every weekend and I had just run it on the Sunday 6 days previous without any problems.
I never have my foot on the brake when starting my Monte.
I always do (probably as a result of driving a manual truck for work when I was younger), but I know it's certainly not required for our cars. A few years back I was drive my ex-girlfriends S60 and put my foot on the brake pedal when I started it... she freaked the hell out. She thought that you shouldn't put your foot on the brake when you start a car and I caught hell for it.
Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.
Not sure why it would do that, I'm guessing just another stupid electical problem that will most likely never happen again. I've never put my foot on the brake when starting. I start mine still out of the car, then get all my stuff in and everything, let it set for a few min then take off.
2002 Impala- SSC, AGX, 18" charger R/t rims w/8mm spacers, Magnaflow cat, U-bend delete, flowmaster 80 series crossflow, z28 tips, HAI, debadged, 35% tint, smoked headlights, full sound system
Sorry about the "1LT" stuff. It's just the base model, I guess (3.4L). GM has me confused with their use of "LS" "LT", "1LT", "2LT", across multiple models. I had been shopping for a new Chevy for about three years seeing those LS/LT designations in my sleep before finally buying the 2011 Equinox (1LT). I guess back in 2002 it was just base Impala (3.4) and the "sport" model (3.8?).
Anyway, I think you're right - it was just some quirky electrical thing - like the radio blasting and not being able to be shut off without pulling the fuse. That happened to me (and a friend with his '02 Malibu) ONCE.
Question is though - did pressing the brake "fix" the problem, or was it just coincidence? Probably never know, right?
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