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Car start then shut-off immediately

98 Cavalier - The fuel pump is running (can hear fuel pump). I believe it is getting gas (spark plugs smell like it).
When we are able to finally get it to run. Left key in ON position for several minutes and then turned to start. The cluster has random lights turning on/off at random times - thinking it might be the cluster (the guy I bought it from said he just replaced the cluster - he works at a Meinke shop) - any idea how to tell if its the cluster other than going for electronic diagnostic??

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  • aynd2u May 14, 2009

    sometimes - not always

  • aynd2u May 15, 2009

    what part do you replace then - is this the whole module?
    Thanks!


  • aynd2u May 16, 2009

    I really appreciate it - Thanks!

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When it dies does the security light flash?

Posted on May 14, 2009

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    Clint Smock May 15, 2009

    Sounds like the contacts in the ignition lock cylinder for the passlock system are bad.

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    Clint Smock May 16, 2009

    No, you need to replace the ignition lock cylinder. It just pops out of the column, but it is kind of expensive. 150 I think. Then after you replace it you will need to reprogram the security system. To do this try to start the car. It will start and die. The security light will flash. Leave the key on for 11 minutes the light will continue to flash. When the light stops flashing start the car.

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    Clint Smock May 16, 2009

    Let me know, good luck

  • jason stewart Jan 19, 2013

    in dont have no security light on but car starts then shuts off

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