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Old 12-29-2006, 04:09 PM   #1
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Hi, I am new here and am having a problem with my Bonne... When I first purchased the car a little less than a year ago, we began having a problem with intermittent no-start. We were lucky to have the previous owners mechanical records and saw that this was a problem that had been occuring for some time prior to our purchasing the car. It was taken to a mechanic but the no-start persisted.
After we got it it would occasionally not start for a few minutes or an hour but would always start up again after being left for a while. It runs great and other than this had no problems that we know of. Last week it began doing the no-start thing more frequently and then all the sudden it wont start at all now. It has been sitting for a week with us unable to start it. We have cleaned the key and ignition with alcohol. That didnt seem to help but the key sure is shiny The security light does not stay on so I dont think it is the anti-theft but I could be wrong. The engine cranks and the fuel pump comes on, we can hear it. When checking for spark to the spark plugs there is nothing. I am thinking it is the ICM but wanted some feedback from the knowlegable people here before I spend $200 on a part that might not even be the problem.
Coincidentally about 2 months ago the rear passenger side floorboard was soaking wet. It never did that before or since. What causes that? We really need some feedback, this car is making us crazy!!! Thanks in advance for any help, it is much appreciated!
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Welcome to BonnevilleClub.

The first thing we like to check is the battery & battery connections. Even though the car is cranking you may not be getting enough power to the ICM. Please make sure all the battery cables are clean & tight at both ends. Let us know what you find & we'll take it from there.

How close are you to Albany, OR?
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Corvallis. Not Albany.

Going to be home today?
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We are about 10-15 miles from Albany and yep we are home all day today... trying to get this beast working

We are actually a husband and wife and yes my hubby did test the battery at work(he is the manager of the tire and lube center at wal-mart. He said it was fine Thanks for the help so far
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Please click the "you have 1 new message' link at the upper right hand corner of this screen below the header under the Red Bonneville.
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We might have met you before, last year in a chevron parking lot. We have a silver SSE with a missing passenger side mirror. You gave us the card for this site, thats why I am here I think it might be you, I recognize the green Bonne



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Which green Bonne?

That was me. Chevron in North Albany. I remember it well.

Can you click on the PM link below my posts and give me your phone number? I MIGHT be able to make a trip out later today to look the car over.
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He bought an Autozone Duralast ICM to swap in. I'm digging up a tool kit for the visit if that doesn't do it.

Crank, no start, no spark.
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Do you have a spare? It could save him $200. Seems like we see a lot more faulty crank sensors than ICMs.
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Thanks everyone, he has the old icm out and is working on putting the new one in. I will keep you posted, we sure appreciate the help and the phone call!!!
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