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Old 10-25-2011, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Car starts, but passlock light is on and fuel gauge shows empty

I have a kind of weird passlock problem that I haven't found an answer to by searching...

My car DOES start, but the passlock light is on and my fuel gauge shows empty even though I know it has about 3/4 tank full.

Also the display says "TRAC OFF" and I noticed my trac button can't turn it back on.

I was able to drive my car a bit too, so clearly the fuel pump isn't deactivated like it should be.

What problem can this be indicative of? Doesn't seem like the usual ignition/starting problems.
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Default Re: Car starts, but passlock light is on and fuel gauge shows empty

sounds like it's not a passlock problem. probably an IP or BCM problem.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:18 AM   #3
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sounds like it's not a passlock problem. probably an IP or BCM problem.
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Shouldn't that throw a code of some kind? I don't have a check engine light on.

The problem is now intermittent, I started the car several hours later and it no longer displayed the symptoms from my opening post.
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No, neither one would throw a code
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Default Re: Car starts, but passlock light is on and fuel gauge shows empty

Wondering if the passlock and disabled Fuel Gauge are directly associated. (Security feature?) Then the TRAC OFF maybe a partially applied parking brake?

So if the passlock issue is fixed (and the brake isn't set)... problem over?
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Wondering if the passlock and disabled Fuel Gauge are directly associated. (Security feature?) Then the TRAC OFF maybe a partially applied parking brake?

So if the passlock issue is fixed (and the brake isn't set)... problem over?
Disconnect your battery for 10 minutes, reconnect and try again. Just be sure your radio is not password protected.
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