My stepdaughter's Malibu wouldn't start. I tried jumping with my car with no luck. A guy in a big pickup with heavier jumper cables tried and we got it started. However, a mile from the house, the car died. We got it into a parking it, and the next morning I pulled the battery to have it tested. It was bad, so I replaced it. The car started finem, so I drove it to Advance Auto and had it tested again, just to be safe and make sure everything was okay. Specifically, I wanted to make sure the alternator was good. The battery, alternator and starter tested good.
However, the next day, the car wouldn't crank again. I was out of town, so we had to get the car towed to the house, which is where it is now. I tried pulling the codes, but my reader didn't see any. When I turn the key to the ON position, all the lights come on and go off. The only lights that stay on are the battery, check engine and theft lights. When I try to start the car, the theft light goes off. I can hear the fuel pump prime, but the engine doesn't offer to crank. Complete silence.
Is it more likely to be a bad starter/solenoid, ignition/cylinder swith, passkey issue, or something else? At this point, I'm just trying to figure out the best place to start troubleshooting. I'm about to try the relearn procedure 'cause I'm out of ides. Thanks in advance!!
'98 Malibu 3.1L