Question about 1994 Chevrolet Caprice
Starter solenoid. Could be theft deterrent module that is inline
from the ignition to the starter. Additional symptom was that
the engine would barely run-
I'll need to troubleshoot further, I'm not sure if the computer
could be to blame.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Ended up being the ignition ground wire to the engine block. It was
hanging on by one strand.-(of course the wire is as old as the car -14 yrs)
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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CTD system, the RIM commands the instrument cluster to control the indicator only when the ignition switch is OFF.
PASS-Key?® III System The PASS-Key?® III system is designed to help prevent vehicle theft by disabling the engine unless an ignition key with a specific electrical value is used in the ignition lock cylinder. The PASS-Key?® III system operates independently of the CTD system. Protection is provided even if the CTD system is not armed. The components of the system are the ignition keys (black or gray), ignition lock cylinder, Theft Deterrent (VTD) module, Reader Exciter, Powertrain Control Module (PCM) and two starter relays (START 1 and 2) in the underhood fuse block.
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Valet key (gray plastic end) which can start the vehicle and unlock/lock all doors, but can not unlock/lock the storage compartments, or rear compartment lid lock.
Important: The transponder values are not readable and can not be serviced separately.
Theft Deterrent Module The theft deterrent module contains the software for controlling the VTD System. The theft deterrent module uses the following inputs and outputs to control the VTD system.
Battery voltage from the underhood fuse block PCM/BATT fuse, circuit 240 (ORN).
Ignition start voltage from the ignition switch, circuit 1390 (WHT).
Ground, circuit 450 (BLK).
Outputs Password exchange with the PCM (fuel enable), class 2 message circuit 1807 (PPL).
Powertrain Control Module (PCM) The PCM verifies that the passwords received from the theft deterrent module via the class 2 serial data line are valid. If a password is invalid the PCM disables the fuel delivery system. If the password is valid the PCM enables the fuel delivery system.
Starter Relay The starter relay is controlled by the PCM module via class 2 serial data (CKT 1807 PPL). If the theft deterrent module measures the correct transponder value, the PCM module switches the starter enable control (CKT 447 YEL) to ground. The relay is energized if the ignition switch is in the START position and the gear selector is in the PARK or NEUTRAL positions.
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