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Old 09-25-2001, 10:31 AM   #1
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Yeah, this is a great new mod (not) I got it about a month ago. This is how it works: I go to my car, press the unlock button on the keypad, and nothing happens!!! Sounds great, right? Not really... This junk started about a month ago... The car will die, I charge it up, get a new battery, (STILL DIES), get a new alternator, (STILL DIES), bring it to the dealership & pay $120 to fix it, (STILL DIES!!!) WTF?!?!?!? I am so mad at this point, I don't know what to do. I am about to like push the stupid thing in the lake!!! What can I do???

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Old 09-25-2001, 10:40 AM   #2
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I had the same problem on my 97 SC2. However, it was my battery in the keypad that was dead. You might want to check that too.

Also remember that if you lock with the keypad, and unlock with the key. Your car won't start because of the "anti-theft" system in it. It should beep at you when you open the door.

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Old 09-25-2001, 09:33 PM   #3
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No, the car battery is actually dead. I recently changed the battery in my keypad because it died. I took my car back to the dealership today for them to try to figure out what it is... AGAIN

We are almost positive that there is a short somewhere. But we don't know where and don't know how to find it. UGH! I guess I will have to keep bumming rides off of people and borrowing my bofriend's POS car

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Old 09-26-2001, 06:24 PM   #4
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Here's a trick you can try to isolate the problem if you are mechanically/electrically inclined.

Open the fuse panel.

Disconnect the positive battery cable from the battery.

Take a test light, attach one wire to the positive post on the battery, and the other to the postive battery cable.

The light should glow fairly brightly, indicating that something is shorted. The brighter the light, the more power is zapped by the short.

Now, take each fuse from the panel, one at a time. When you pull the one for the circuit that is shorted, the light will dim and perhaps go out entirely.

Note that this procedure will lose your radio presets and probably any stored adjustments in the PCM, but the radio can be reset and the PCM will relearn in a few minutes of operation.

Now you need to get a wiring diagram for the circuit you found.

Remove the test light, reattach the battery cable, reinsert the fuse at the panel.

You can you use the test light and follow the circuit back to the point of failure. It takes a bit of patience to work through a complicated circuit.

One other thing - you don't say how quickly the battery gets run down and how often you drive the car. It could be something left on when it shouldn't be that isn't obvious - such as an underhood light with a mercury switch that is misadjusted so the light doesn't shut off when the hood is closed, or the trunk light/switch.

I've heard of a story where a lady's car did exactly what yours did and the mechanics could n't figure it out. Turns out her driveway had a steep slope and the trunk light mercury switch would turn on thinking the lid was open - but only when she parked in her driveway.

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