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Old 10-24-2012, 08:51 AM
Ktaylor757 Ktaylor757 is offline
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Engine fail safe message and now won't start

This just happened to me. Was driving to work and went to pass someone on the road and got the 'engine fail safe prog' message. Soon after the ASC light came on. I tested acceleration and from what I could tell all was well. I pulled into this parking lot to turn the car off for a bit. Now it won't start. No ignition sounds at all. Radio and lights work, key turns, nothing. I'm searching the forums now (I know bluebee got something on this) but all I'm finding ate reports that the car was at least still working in some capacity. For now I have a 3800 pound brick, any suggestions? Could it simply be the battery even though radio works?
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