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At times cranks and runs fine other times it will not crank

1994 firebird 5.7
sometimes it starts and runs perfect for days/w2eeks, other times without warning it will not crank, and all idiot lights on the dash will not function. to get it to restart its just a guess. it may star 2 minutes later or may not even crank for days. i have replaced the starter, battery, and checked and re-checked all wiring.
Even when it will NOT crank, the exciter wire from the ign. switch to the solenoid [yellow] under the dash/column area functions perfectly, with a test light. Turn the key in the crank position and the light lites. The ign. key DOES have a small chip mounted in the metal portion of the key. NOT under the head/plastic portion.
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    Marvin May 11, 2010

    have u cleaned the battery cables? does the starter make any noise when it won't start?



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Hello edspring1...the little key chip you mentioned is the onboard security system for your firebird...GM called it the VAT's possible this could be the cause of the no start conditions, sometimes they will reset if you disconnect the negative battery cable for 30 mins.
I really dont think that is your problem though...under the steering pillar...there is a "slider" type ignition switch...meaning...the terminals slide togather to make contact when the key is turned...these darn things get worn to a point they start arching and eventually wont make contact at all...i replaced one last week on a 95 firebird that had the same problem you are describing now.
i'll post a pic of the slider set in position for a tilt steering and non-tilt column....note the difference.
Good luck...i hope this helps...please rate me a fixya.

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