Question about 1992 Pontiac Bonneville
Two whight wires on your ign switch pull the ign switch one or both wires could be broken these wires read your key
Posted on Sep 06, 2011
I should have asked a few questions, like did the car start and run with the light on. If it did then the resistor probably isn't bad. I assumed the car wasn't starting so that's my fault. It could be the alarm module itself has gone bad(but doubt the car would start). So more likely one of the sensors that the alarm uses to protect your car, like the door sensor or the trunk sensor or even just a ground wire to one of them or alarm module itself and the cars computer should tell you if it's one of those. You can take your car to Auto Zone or Advantage Auto and ask them to check the computer codes for free, Advantage gives you more and better info. You can buy any brand of electronic cleaner from places like best buy, circuit city or even radio shack. Just ask a clerk for assistance and tell them you just want the spray that you can use on printed circuit boards or elctronic parts. The resistor is located on the part of the key that goes in the ignitionif you still want to try it but I would have codes checked first. It's a little bump right by where you would hold the key but close to where the teeth are on the key. If it's the alarm module then I'll have to do some research to find it's location for your year of Bonneville. I will check back to see what you found out. In the middle of moving so not so quick on replies and sorry for that.
Posted on Nov 19, 2008
Does it have a factory alarm? Do you have a second set of keys, if so try the extra key first. Your keys should have come with a extra little chip not in the key that tells what resistor they need to replace the key. Your key has a resistor in it that allows the car to start so it could just be the key. If it's not the key that needs replaced then the alarm module under the dash is bad. Unless the resistor in the key did in fact go bad which I have never heard of happening, then that would be a cheap fix. If it doesn't work with the other key then the security module under the dash is bad but can be bypassed but you won't have an alarm. It's really a very easy fix. I've heard of the ignition and/or key getting dirty after prolonged use and have been told that you can clean the key by rubbing and eraser over the resistor a few times and then spraying an electronic cleaner in the ignition and inserting the key in and out while it's still wet. Haven't heard of that happening much at all though. Battery has to be disconnected to do that though or could cause more problems. Electronic cleaner dries really fast and wouldn't harm anything. If you want to spend $10 bucks to give that a try it might be worth a shot. The right way to fix it is the replacing the key or alarm module if it's not just dirt film. Theres a panel under the stearing column that you remove but I will have to do some checking to tell you where the module box is located but I doubt you want to do this yourself. I think the dealership has to match the key to the module unless you have the chip? Not sure if they can just use the bad key or not. Dealerships charge between $60 and $100 just to pull the vehicle in the door so pray you have that little chip or that they can just use the key. But CALL a dealership first and ask if they can use a bad key without having the little I.D. chip. I guess to answer your question YES it could very well be the key itself. Hope this helps some!
Posted on Nov 17, 2008
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