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Old 09-01-2006, 05:21 PM   #1
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Dizzy help! crazy electrical problem

i have a 94 sl2 and when i try to start it all my dash lights flash and make clicking noises but the starter does not engage. sometimes when i mess with the door lock switch it will randomly let me start it. the switch is broken and will try to lock by itself sometimes. thinking that the switch was shorting and causing parasitic draw from the battery i removed it only to have the problem remain with no random occurence of starting. can't tell what the problem is. have done everything short of intense electrical testing. anyone have any experience with this?

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Old 09-01-2006, 05:44 PM   #2
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Default Re: help! crazy electrical problem

check your driver's door lock cylinder to see if the key slot is fully vertical. It is common for older 1st gen Sl cars to have worn keys and cylinders where the key can be removed from the cylinder without fully returning to vertical. If this is the case, the power door lock switch in the cylinder stays engaged, and:
1) makes the door locks do silly things
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2) drains the battery to the point where lights start coming on, and the car becomes hard to start.

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Old 09-04-2006, 01:19 AM   #3
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thanks-eh! sounds like your saying that the lock cylinder in the door is tripping the lock switch because it was not returned to the full verticle when removing the key? i can see how this could happen but i removed the switch from it's connector and it still wouldn't start and all the dash light were still flashing/clicking. wolfeman said it could be the vechile alarm systen trying to disable the car from starting because the lock switch was busted (it moves from un to lock really easy) and it couldn't tell if the door was locked or not. does anyone know how to dissable the alarm system??? is this the one where you jump the wires and cycle the ignition???

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Old 09-04-2006, 02:05 AM   #4
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On a '94, I'm pretty sure it's an aftermarket alarm; you'll have to research with the manufacturer.

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Old 09-04-2006, 07:03 AM   #5
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The simple solution is to remove the outer door skin and either replace the switch built into the Driver's side outside door lock key cylinder or unplug it. (Note this will NOT affect the manual switches inside the car, but you WILL lose the ability to lock/unlock all the doors with the key by simply turning it in the driver's door lock cylinder.)

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Old 09-04-2006, 07:40 AM   #6
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You might what to check the obvious first, starter solenoid on it's way out. The door lock thing just might be a coincident. If you do have to trouble shoot it, start at the solenoid and work backward from there.

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Old 09-04-2006, 08:11 AM   #7
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Just thought of something else (Oh and NO the 94's DO NOT have an OEM security system, I apologize if I missed the year of the car before)

DO the Automatic Seatbelts in this car work? That click click click you hear may not be the locks at all but the PREST module (located under the center console near the Parking Brake handle pivot)

If the belts DO NOT work, try pulling the fuse labeled PREST in the in cabin fuse box and see of that makes the problem disappear.

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