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92 olds 88 honks when try to start.

I replaced the ignition switch (cyl and keys) on a 92 olds 88 for a friend. I was giving the message "clean key and try again in 3 minutes." Once replaced that message went away and now when the key is placed in the start possition al it does is honk.

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  • st1x_98 May 21, 2009

    would that cause the horn to honk when the ey is turned?

  • st1x_98 May 21, 2009

    The only two wires disturbed are the two wires going to the switch itself

  • st1x_98 May 21, 2009

    as long as I hold the key in the start position it will honk. as soon as I release into the run pos. it stops.

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Hi Iam Vortash I sumise that when you replaced the ignition switch you undid the steering housing to get at it and maybe the ignitoin clamp ,, check that none of the wires have been trapped and shorted together because this is what it sounds like to me.. as you crank the switch it makes contact with the horn wire causing it to sound .. maybe ... hope this helps regards Vortash

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Try a new key first, if that does not work, you can also look down the ignition key slot and see if the contacts are shiny or black, obviously if they are black they are dirty and worn, no choice then but to replace or bypass.

If that doesn't work, then it sounds like the resistance is being lost when you turn the key. Here is the test. You will need a good multimeter to test.

Measure the resistance of the key resistor pellet. Next, find the 48 cavity connector just to the left of the steering column. Disconnect it and install an ohmmeter across the two wires at terminals E-12 and E-13 (the 1995-1999 Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Aurora use pins A16 and A17) going back to the steering column. Insert the key into the Ignition Lock Cylinder and check the resistance at this connector. It should read the same as the reading obtained from the key resistor pellet. Watch the ohmmeter while turning the key all the way to the crank position and back several times. If the reading is open or it varies, the Ignition Lock Cylinder is defective. Replace the Ignition Lock Cylinder and bring the old key to the dealer to have it matched to a new key. There are different resistor pellets available and these pellets must remain the same value.


Let me know how this goes and whether you have any further questions.


Benjamin

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    Benjamin Patri May 21, 2009

    You may have wired it up wrong when you replaced the ignition and be giving power to the horn when you turn the key or you may have a short. Basically recheck the wiring.

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    Benjamin Patri May 21, 2009

    Is it a continual honk, an alarm, or one short honk? Have you tried disconnecting the battery to just reset the computer. Also are you sure that you didn't blow any fuses in the process of replacing the ignition? Please check/try both of these suggestions.

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    Benjamin Patri May 21, 2009

    You may also have a worn wire in the steering column that is contacting with the horn wiring since the car is so aged.

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Seem more like that while replacing the ignition switch, you might have left some wire loose or disconnected.
Check the horn fuse and relay or the horn assembly. It may be faulty.
Have your mechanic check for 12 volts to the horns when the horn button is depressed. If 12 volts are present, the horns are defective. If zero volts, check horn relay and check for bad connections. It seems odd that both horns would go out at the same time.
Let me know....
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Kevin

Posted on May 21, 2009

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