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Old 04-03-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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The wife'* "96 SSE kicks over then quits in a second or two. I'm thinking.... well, I'll check the fuel pump powerup, then hit the reg....... suddenly I'm getting a buzzing sound from the relay box area. So I pull the cover under the glovecompartment. Yep, there'* a high pitched buzz and slight vibration (ignition key on), appearing and disappearing..

One time, it kicks over fine, drove around the block. Pull into the driveway, i hit the power window to say something to the wife, it doesn't move, and we're back to square one.

What have I got here? I can swap out virtually all of the relays with my SSEI for testing.

I could use a hand. The electrical stuff isn't my forte.

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Sounds like the driver'* side ground bus. There'* an article in Techifo. IIRC it'* under electrical >other
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Hey Ted,

From Techinfo:

"We have seen several instances in which owners experience multiple electrical failures all at once. These include the following symptoms:

a) Power seat issues (didn't try)
b) Engine misfires or stalls, due to power loss to fuel pump (absolutely)
c) Dash cluster flickering(maybe)
d) Door locks failing (didn't try)
e) And power windows failing(oh, yeah)"

2 out of 5 is good enough for me. Particularly because it is so wierd. Thanks for the lead. I will start there.

I'm assuming the bus on the passenger side will be in the same place?

And does anybody know why it makes a buzzing noise when its shorted?

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Can you tell which relay is buzzing?
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Unfortunately, No. The vibration can be felt in each of the relays. I did swap the one I thought was culprit. But, to no avail.

I could swap all of them one at a time.
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