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Old 11-01-2019, 06:14 PM   #1
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Default Wagon makes under-dash noise once per start

I've got a 98 SW2 Auto that has a bad chime, and I'm guessing that's what this is...

Every time I start the car, put the car in gear, and start driving, I get about twenty feet down the road and the car will make a little crackling, corn-popping type noise that seems to come from beneath the dash near the chime box.

I can get my chime and rear defroster to work if I get the chime to start working before turning the key in the ignition. Alternately, I can get both of those things to work after the car is on if I open the driver's door.

Any thoughts?

Wagon otherwise is serving me well and got 29.3 MPG the last tank. DOHC, Automatic.

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Old 11-01-2019, 07:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: Wagon makes under-dash noise once per start

If you have ABS brakes then the noise is likely the ABS system self check.

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Old 11-01-2019, 08:28 PM   #3
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I'm with ssicarman on this one. It's a feature!

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Old 11-08-2019, 08:16 PM   #4
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Default Re: Wagon makes under-dash noise once per start

Indeed, the car has ABS. Does everyone's Saturn make that clunky little noise during the first few "steps"? My motorcycle does something similar as a test of the system in the first 40 feet or so of motion.

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My '99 with ABS, yes it does. My '98 without, nope.

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