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Old 04-23-2007, 10:51 PM   #11
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I think the black piece is just a piece of rubber to protect the wires. You need a multi-meter to check the resistance of the key pellet.
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Using a multimeter you touch each side of the pellet in the key. That gives you the resistance.

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Originally Posted by fuelforthesoul1999
how would I test the key?

Ted, I see two orange wires and a big black wire? or is that soemthing else?
Use a multimeter to measure resistance and you will get one of these from 402 ohms to 11,800 ohms. Someone I read that more of them are the lower ones.

See my above post about letting the TDM go into failure mode, which is one of 4 modes if I recall the service manual, and jst quit. It'* easier than fussing with putting in resistors. I have the 887 ohm setting and got 4-220 ohm resistors at Radio Shack in a 5 pack for a dollar. Note you can take off the glove box door and get to the TDM on the right hand side where you can insert resistors into the circuit with larger wires.

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When my wifes was acting up I used one of those pressurized lock de-icer and cleaners on the ignition cylinder. It helped for quite a while but I had already purchased the resisotrs and went ahead with the bypass when the weather turned nice. Its been about 3 years since then and not 1 issue starting the car since. You might want to try the lock de-icer first.

As for the bypass, you see the two white wires with the connectors on them coming out of the orange tube. What yuo do Is measure the resistance of your key and then buy resistor(*) that come real close to what you measure. Ince I had a spare connector I solder in my resistors acorss my spare connector and then unplugged the original connector (the one coming from the ign cylinder) and plugged in my bypass.
If you don't have a spre connector you'll need to cut the white wires in the pic and solder in (or twist wrap it in) your resistor across them on the connector end of the wires. Be sure to wrap your bare wires/leads with electrical tape so it doesn't short out on anything.

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