1998 Jimmy: Can't Start, now almost completely dead

Hi,
I have a 1998 Jimmy (Automatic), they battery died over the winter, this is my girls car and she doesn't have her license yet. The battery was dead for about 2 Months maybe more. We didn't know if was
dead because she misplaced the keys.
Well we couldn't find the keys so we had the dealer make a new set. That set only worked in opening the door. It would not turn the ignition.
A locksmith finally made a key that fit in the ignition. We could not turn over the car once the key was put in due to the dead battery. Also, they key would not return to OFF, it would stay in accessory setting. This was a little strange, but safe since we knew the car wasn't going anywhere fast.
We tired to jump-start the car with varied success. About 5 times we got the engine to turn over (Start fired and attempted to start the engine). Doesn't seem like there was gas as it would not run. After that, if we were lucky we could see a light or two on the dashboard. We swapped out the battery with a new one, not sure if the battery came charged, but didn't do at thing. There is some current passing from the good car to the Jimmy, (mild spark, also, battery charger shows about 2 -4 amps draw). Although, no lights come on the dash or any other visible life in the vehicle. We did manage to get the key out a few times when the charger was connected (maybe a solinoid or something stopped that from rotating back to OFF. The break peddle has a lot of resistance, it was a little movable as we tried turning over the engine. Also, the automatic transmission is locked into PARK, cannot move it at all (I figure that will move when the car starts...)
Okay, any ideas? I read something in the user manual that if the key is bad the fuel pump will not function which may explain the engine not starting on the initial jump attempts. But now the key is stuck in the ignition again, and there is no life during a jump or while on a charger. I have checked many of the fuses, they seem fine.
Is there a engine kill that has been enabled (anti-theft or something), bad key, or what!?!?!
Thanks for your help, Greg
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Sounds like you have multiple problems. If the key (passkey) is wrong for the car, it will not start and run...
There is a lot of info. missing from your post...
-Was the car running perfectly when you put it in mothballs?
-What engine and tranny are involved? We can look up the options for a 98 Jimmy, but it would be a lot easier if you posted the full picture.
Bad internal connections in some GM battery cables are really a problem. These cables have several cables coming together at the battery terminal... Be sure your battery cables have good connections to battery, to ground (black), or to starter/alternator/system. You can peel back the cover of the cable at the battery and check the internals usually.
Give us a little bit more about this vehicle.
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Chevrolet typically doesnt have any type of engine kill switch like Ford does. Its pretty straightforward, but to stick to the path of the manual, try getting a current flow through the system and switch the key to the ON position, but do not start the vehicle. Once it is switched on, have someone listen right at the fuel door for a loud whirring noise. It should last only a second or two, so pay attention. If no whirring is heard, repeat the process a few more times. If it fails to sound, your fuel pump is not getting current (or may be dead) which causes the engine to not start, as the manual states. Check all fuel pump relays and fuses. Oh, and the resistance of the brake pedal is normal. Im pretty sure its a vacuum assisted brake system so you wont feel a pressure release until the vehicle is actually running and producing enough vacuum.
If all else fails, try squirting a little starting fluid into the intake when youre cranking it over.
"mazecreator" wrote: > Hi, > > I have a 1998 Jimmy (Automatic), they battery died over the > winter, > this is my girls car and she doesn't have her license yet. > The > battery was dead for about 2 Months maybe more. We didn't > know if was > dead because she misplaced the keys. > > Well we couldn't find the keys so we had the dealer make a new > set. > That set only worked in opening the door. It would not turn > the > ignition. > > A locksmith finally made a key that fit in the ignition. We > could not > turn over the car once the key was put in due to the dead > battery. > Also, they key would not return to OFF, it would stay in > accessory > setting. This was a little strange, but safe since we knew > the car > wasn't going anywhere fast. > > We tired to jump-start the car with varied success. About 5 > times we > got the engine to turn over (Start fired and attempted to > start the > engine). Doesn't seem like there was gas as it would not run. > After > that, if we were lucky we could see a light or two on the > dashboard. > We swapped out the battery with a new one, not sure if the > battery > came charged, but didn't do at thing. There is some current > passing > from the good car to the Jimmy, (mild spark, also, battery > charger > shows about 2 -4 amps draw). Although, no lights come on the > dash or > any other visible life in the vehicle. We did manage to get > the key > out a few times when the charger was connected (maybe a > solinoid or > something stopped that from rotating back to OFF. The break > peddle > has a lot of resistance, it was a little movable as we tried > turning > over the engine. Also, the automatic transmission is locked > into > PARK, cannot move it at all (I figure that will move when the > car > starts...) > > Okay, any ideas? I read something in the user manual that if > the key > is bad the fuel pump will not function which may explain the > engine > not starting on the initial jump attempts. But now the key is > stuck > in the ignition again, and there is no life during a jump or > while on > a charger. I have checked many of the fuses, they seem fine. > > Is there a engine kill that has been enabled (anti-theft or > something), bad key, or what!?!?! > > Thanks for your help, > Greg
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