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Old 03-16-2009, 12:21 PM   #1
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so on friday I went to start my car and nothing all the lights on the dash were on everything seem ok, it just wasnt turning over. so I fiddled with some wires and sure enough it started. so I got home cleaned the battery terminals and it worked great until saturday night when once again it didnt start, so again I wiggled some wires and it worked. so yesterday I pulled the starter andbench tested it and it work fine so I cleaned it up and it didnt work so I let it sit and started it with my other key and it worked just fine is it just the security chip in my key? or is it some random hit and miss electrical problem?
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What wires did you 'fiddle with'?

It sounds like a VAT issues, but when you said that you 'fiddled' with some wires and it started, I'm not sure.

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I guess by fiddling with wires I ment that I checked all the connectors and terminals and what not, but nothing was realy loose and after I switched to my other resistor key it starts everytime.
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You have a VAT issue with the other key. The resistor probably went bad or the key and contacts in your ignition need some cleaning. You can get a new key and match it to your car, try replacing the resistor in the bad key, or clean the bad key and try again.
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yeah sounds like a good Idea I will probably use my other key for now since the new keys at the dealer cost almost $100
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Keys can be much cheaper.

If you use an ohm meter you can measure the resistance of the chip in the key. Touch one probe to each side of the metal in the key. That'* the ohm reading of the key you need. Ebay sells them cheap and have Wallmart cut it .

Or..bypass the resistor need of your car and never worry about your key again.
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Did you clean both ends of the battery cables?
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yes I went through the cables and cleaned them up quite nicely so far, it starts right up, lets hope everything goes well.
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That'* a common problem. Keep them clean and you should be fine.
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