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NO START THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER LIGHTS DO NOT LIGHT UP AT TIMES THE DAY TIME RUNNING LIGHTS DO NOT TURN ON AND THE ABS NOT WORKING(THE REASON I KNOW IS THAT THE ABS MAKES NOISE WHEN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER TURNS ON).. THE VEHICLE WILL NOT START AT TIMES WITH OUT THE LIGHTS ON BUT AT TIMES ID DOES. I KNOWN IT DOES NOT MAKE SENCE BUT IT HAPPENS. DOES THIS CAR HAVE A BODY CONTROL MODULE? I LOOKED FOR IT BUT COULD NOT FIND IT. I HAVE CHANGED THE IGNITION SWITCH, BUT NO LUCK. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous Oct 19, 2008

    insterments panel lights don't come on won't start when insterment panel lights come on it will start

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This problem can be three things. The ignition switch is a good place to start but its under a recall and you should not spend any money on this repair. The passlock system next to ignition switch should probably be changed at the same time and is also under a recall. The instrument cluster is the most probable in your case. The reason i say that is because the key is the headlights not turning on you may also have some lights on the instrument cluster flickering on and off at weird times.The speedometer or other gauges are probably not working all the time. if you are handy you can remove the cluster and send it out for repair. The tech who repairs this might even tell you that the instrument cluster has nothing to do with non start issue but it does. the passlock anti theft reads the ignition key when you insert it into ignition cylinder. Once you turn the key the ignition sends a signal through the instrument cluster to the pcm. the pcm will allow the car to start if the correct signal is recieved. If the pcm recieves no signal it allows the car to start for a second and then kills the car.

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Yes it has a BCM, have it tested for trouble codes.

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