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Old 05-16-2006, 12:06 AM   #11
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...i never said it was common...and i was just judging from my prior experiences and just trying to give the man a heads up...and just a thought not EVERY boneville owner is registered on this site, only the hardcore ones...but thats just a thought
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...i never said it was common...and i was just judging from my prior experiences and just trying to give the man a heads up...and just a thought not EVERY boneville owner is registered on this site, only the hardcore ones...but thats just a thought
Honestly from your first post in this thread, I got the impression that you meant it was common. Either way...let'* put this behind us as we all agree.

It'* not overly common, if you have a problem with VATS that cleaning the pellet in the key does not solve. Bypassing is the best long term option.
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Okay well I cleaned my keys and inside the slot with alcohol, and it stopped for a while.

It'* doing it again, and almost every time I try to start my car now, but I noticed it only does it when it'* wet outside. The first time it happened it was rainy, and its been doing it all this week and we've been ahving very rainy weather. Where should I start looking?
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Are you having any other electrical issues? My guess would be that one of the connections at the ignition switch is fraying, and will soon break leaving you with no car until this is taken care of. Your best bet would be to bypass the system.
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Do you happen to have a remote starter installed? The majority of VATS failures I've seen have been when the factory wiring has been modified. Otherwise, a good cleaning once in a while usually solves the intermittent problems.

Another area of concern is where the tiny VATS wires attach to the ignition switch. This usually produces more of a constant problem rather than intermittent one though.
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Another area of concern is where the tiny VATS wires attach to the ignition switch. This usually produces more of a constant problem rather than intermittent one though.
In my experience, a problem with those wires starts out intermittent and progresses to permanent.
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Do you happen to have a remote starter installed? The majority of VATS failures I've seen have been when the factory wiring has been modified. Otherwise, a good cleaning once in a while usually solves the intermittent problems.

Another area of concern is where the tiny VATS wires attach to the ignition switch. This usually produces more of a constant problem rather than intermittent one though.
No, I don't have a remote start installed. All of the ignition is stock. I tried cleaning it and it worked for a weak (because the weather was dry), then it started raining and my car started acting up again.
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Brady... By all means test that key and find out what resistance it is BEFORE it fails.

Use your spare key and see if the results are consistent with your current key. If so then you know it'* the wires, if not then you know it was your key and you can get another made.
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No, I don't have a remote start installed. All of the ignition is stock. I tried cleaning it and it worked for a weak (because the weather was dry), then it started raining and my car started acting up again.
Since this seems to be consistently happening during wet weather, you could check the harness under the dash to see if you have water leaking in and shorting it out. If it isn't that, or the BCM connection, it is probably the wires in the steering column falling apart.
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Brady... By all means test that key and find out what resistance it is BEFORE it fails.

Use your spare key and see if the results are consistent with your current key. If so then you know it'* the wires, if not then you know it was your key and you can get another made.
I know the key is resistance level 4, I've used a 'tester' thing at the dealer I work at. All my kets are resistance level 4.
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