View Full Version : rear ended now car won't start

06-29-2005, 11:36 PM
i was just rear ended an hour ago and now the car won't turn over. theres not much visible damage but the trunks pushed down about an inch. why won't it turn over? its an 88 3.8 thunderbird. any help??

06-29-2005, 11:42 PM
It's probably your inertia switch. It controls the fuel pump, and in case of an accident, shuts off the pump. To check, turn the ignition key to the ON position. If you don't hear the fuel pump cycle on and off, it's probably the problem. Simply look in your trunk, you'll see a little hole in the gray liner that's on the rear-most part on the trunk. put your finger in there and push down until you depress the little white button on the top of the inertia switch. You should then be good to go. Just check for fuel leaks before you take off anywhere.


06-29-2005, 11:48 PM
thanks alot joe. i gotta go check it in the morning. i just hope its in one peice (its in a 7-11 parking lot in a pretty $hitty neighborhood).

06-30-2005, 12:45 AM
I just re-read your original post. If the engine won't rotate at all then it's not gonna be the inertia switch. If you mean that the engine cranks, but won't start, then it's probably the intertia switch. In a no-crank situation, I'd look at the battery, battery cables, starter switch, starter cable, and starter, in that order.