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Old 04-24-2007, 10:00 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a 95 SE for my oldest daughter , It has a couple of things I need to fix and I was wondering if anyone here can point me in the right direction.

1st issue is that the car is killing the battery. In about two days I pulled the fuse for the interior lights and it has seemed to stop the problem .
I have checked every light I can find and none seem to be staying on. I did find the lighted visior on the DS was staying on when I got the car but diconecting it has not helped.
I did realize that the "twilight sentinel" is not working could that be the problem?

2nd issue is the daytime running light do not work , no light on dash and no lights up front. is that circut controlled buy the twilight sentinel as well?

last the trans will slip going into overdrive under normal load.
it wont slip at light throttle or heavy throttle just normal driving. when I say it slips just before overdrive kicks in the rpms flare abotu 300 -500 and than it catches overdrive.

those are the only three issues I have with this car , Any help would be apreciated
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1st issue is that the car is killing the battery. In about two days I pulled the fuse for the interior lights and it has seemed to stop the problem .
I have checked every light I can find and none seem to be staying on. I did find the lighted visior on the DS was staying on when I got the car but diconecting it has not helped.
I did realize that the "twilight sentinel" is not working could that be the problem?
Check individual circuits by pulling the fuse, then installing a jumper wire between the fuse terminals with a 12V bulb in series as a test light. If you have current being drawn, the bulb will light. The brighter the light, the more current. Headlight switches often overheat and need to be replaced.

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2nd issue is the daytime running light do not work , no light on dash and no lights up front. is that circut controlled buy the twilight sentinel as well?
Are you in Canada? My U.*. '95 does not have daytime running lights.

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last the trans will slip going into overdrive under normal load.
it wont slip at light throttle or heavy throttle just normal driving. when I say it slips just before overdrive kicks in the rpms flare abotu 300 -500 and than it catches overdrive.
Flare into overdrive is pretty common as the trans gets old and worn. Drop the pan and clean it, install a new filter and re-fill the trans. Install an aftermarket cooler (this is the cooler I wish I had bought) and run a 180 thermostat to keep trans temperatures down. Finally, drive it gently. It may last a few more years that way.
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Thanks for the quick reply

1. I will check the circuts one by one (good idea ) is there any way to get to the intierior light switch to disconect it? this way I can check that circut .

2 The car is a US version, the owners manual said that the Twilight sentinel had some something to do with the daytime running lights so I figured if I have the switch I must have DRL'* too.

the car has only 88,000 milles on it and was VERY well taken care of , is 88,000 miles the norm for trans problems on thses cars?. Also the trans does not wait to get hot before it slips into OD.
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Cabz...welcome..

Being a US version..there are no daytime running lamps. That was not put on US cars until 1996.

On the issue of battery drain. I'm not positive by any stretch, but there is an issue you need to know about. All 95'* we have seen with twilight sentinel have a headlight switch/connector issue.

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...light+meltdown

My experience is one of about 10 in the past 2 years on this club. It has worked out to every 95 that seems to have any light related issues has a melted connector/switch. I would pull the swtich and look it over first as a precaution.
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Thanks for the quick reply

1. I will check the circuts one by one (good idea ) is there any way to get to the intierior light switch to disconect it? this way I can check that circut .
Not sure I understand which interior light switch you mean. You can hold the door button in or just close the door while you pull the fuse and test the interior light circuit for shorts as described above. But, like Boosty suggested, if you have a melted connector to your light switch, that could be the cause of your problems. Melted connectors often short out.

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2 The car is a US version, the owners manual said that the Twilight sentinel had some something to do with the daytime running lights so I figured if I have the switch I must have DRL'* too.
US '95 should have no DRLs.

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the car has only 88,000 milles on it and was VERY well taken care of , is 88,000 miles the norm for trans problems on thses cars?. Also the trans does not wait to get hot before it slips into OD.
Trans life is greatly affected by driving style and mostly by heat. Some fail at 60K, others go to 300K (but rarely without some issues.) Keeping the trans cool, and avoiding hard acceleration will do the most to keep it working. Your OD lockup (except for the flare) sounds normal. If it is really cold outside, your trans will not lockup until a minimum temp is reached. A more typical problem for this trans is that it will pop out of overdrive if it gets too hot.
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I did not see the door button for the inteirior lights , I will look again . I thought the switch might have been part of the door latch.

I will definatly check the headlight switch, as soon as I figure out how to get the darn thing out .
I need to get a service manual some time soon

Also I will give the trans cooler a try , The old owner was a little old lady ( And I know this for a fact ) she drove the car only on occasion so I dont think she beat it all that hard. I called a trans shop and they said something about a vacume modulator? coyld this be an issue?

Thanks for all the help
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The modulator has a bit to do with the shift quality as it controls the line pressure.. But it does not control shift timing... It may simply need a fluid and filter change if its never had one.. And adding a cooler for it here in FL would be a good thing.. These transmissions get too hot down here and the cars computer does monitor the tranny temps and will go into a limp home of sorts if it gets to 260F... 230F is not hard to do at all in the summer, and by then its cooking already.. With the cooler My 95'* trans runs at about 150-180 with temps in the high 90'*..

Let us know when you get the lighting issues figured out...

Also does this car have Illuminated entry and or keyless entry?

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Iluminated entry? as in when you pull the outside handle the int lights come on?

I dont know about the keyless entry , I didnt get any remotes . But there is a sensor bubble up near the windsheild in the dash near the center
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Iluminated entry? as in when you pull the outside handle the int lights come on?

I dont know about the keyless entry , I didnt get any remotes . But there is a sensor bubble up near the windsheild in the dash near the center
Yes with the doors locked, if you pull any of the front door handles the interior lights should come on... If they do this car has Illuminated entry as well as retained accessory... If you turn on the ignition on with all of the doors closed, and then shut the ignition off does everything shut off right away? If your car has illuminated entry, you will also have Retained Accessory as well... Everything will stay on for 10 minutes or until you open a door..

Might be among a few things to check...

But like Bill Boost said its important that you check that Light switch as the Twilight switch for 1995 had some issues that would melt the switch connector and wires... a series of 95'* were recalled for this issue..

That Bubble is part of the Twilight system IIRC.. Also to determine if the car has keyless entry look on the spare tire cover for the Regular Production Options list, look for the Code AU0 <----- That would be the code for the keyless entry system..

Let us know how you make out on the headlamp switch..

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So can anyone tell me the easiest way to get at that headlight switch?. I would think the dash trim just push/clips in but I dont want to just start yankin on it.
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