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SL2 ? 2000 starting problem

Lately when I start my car (SL2 – 2000) in the morning the Security light is flashing, service light is lit and the Service Engine Soon light is lit and the car turns over but won’t start. I have the passive security only. So I turn the ignition switch to run over an over until the security light stops flashing then goes out. This is when the car starts approximately 3 to 5 min. worth of playing time. While the car warms the security light and the service light comes back on but the car runs with no problems. If I turn the car off and restart it the lights clear and don’t come back on. Went to auto zone while the lights were lit to check and there were no codes that come up.. Does any one know what this could be? Is this an easy fix or do I need to bring this to the dealer? Thanks for any help.

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  • willvan Jan 17, 2009

    I have exact same problem on the same model

  • ropaz21 Mar 17, 2009

    I have the exact problem.
    Usually, it will turn after a few tries, sometimes I leave it alone for 15-20 minutes and it will then work.
    Seems like it is getting worse because it would not start for me last night. I went back this morning and nothing - it still flashes and won't turn.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    p0700 and p1882 comes up in the scanner had it checked because the check service engine and reduced power light comes on and than it doesnt get torque after u stop and start to go. i just bought the car from a dealer ship so i'm not to familiar with it



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I had the same problem at one time and what the problem was is a short or an exposed wire connected to the starter which causes the voltage to fluctuate which in turn activates a security feature that stops the flow of fuel to the injectors. The car actually senses the possibility of a spark which could possibly ignite the fuel and be a fire hazard. If you turn the ignition on and off repeatedly after a certain amount of time the car will start and run fine. It is a very intermittent problem.

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