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I replaced a faulty ignition control module on a 1992 Buick Regal.The engine started only after I disconnected the negative battery terminal to reset the computer and waited approximately 24 hours.For future reference ,will the car start IMMEDIATELY after after I disconnect the negative terminal or do I still need to wait 24 hours again?

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    Is there a security light lit on the dash ?



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This may be related to the antitheft system The system is known for turning off the starter and/or injectors when it fails. Is there a light on the dash that says SECURITY? This is a common problem worth looking into.

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I've replaced several ignition modules on different makes and models, never did a reset, and they worked fine.

It may be possible that the problem was something else and not the ignition module? Waiting several hours for everything to cool down, may have helped. Did you have the ignition module tested?

If you do a reset, a few minutes should be plenty.

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How to Re-Pair Immobilizer Chips in Vehicle Ignition Systems

If you disconnect your battery, or your battery becomes completely depleted after storage, your immobilizer system will need re-pairing. There is a chip in the key and a chip in the ignition lock. When these are paired and registered with the Engine Control Module (ECM), power is released to the ignition system and your vehicle will start.

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Your vehicle should now start. If there is still a problem, you may have another fault in the ignition, or you may need a dealership to to check the ECM and chip pairing.

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Inspect/Test/Replace Hope this helps.

An ignition switch supplies voltage to the ignition control module and/or the ignition coil. Often an ignition sytem thas two wires connected to the run terminal of the ignition switch. On is connected to the module. The other is connected to the primary resistor and coil. The start terminal of the switch is also wired to the module.
You can check for voltage using either a 12-volt test light or a digital multimeter (dmm).
To use a test light:
  • Turn the ignition key off and disconnect the wire connector at the module.
  • Disconnect the S terminal of the starter solenoid to prevent the engine from cranking when the ignition is in the run position.
  • Turn the key to the run position and probe the red wire connection to check for voltage.
  • Check for voltage at the battery terminal of the ignition coil using the test light.
  • Next, turn the key to the start position and check for voltage at the white wire connector at the module and the battery terminal of the ignition coil. If voltage is present, the switch and its circuit are okay.
To do the same test using a DMM:
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  • Connect the meter's negative to a good ground at the distributor base.
  • Turn the ignition to the run or start position as needed, and measure the voltage.
  • The reading should be at least 90% of battery voltage.

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  2. Separate the wiring harness connections.
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  4. Loosen the nut holding the wire lead onto the coil.
  5. Tag and disconnect the wire lead.
  6. Lift the igniter off its mount.
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Ignition Coil TESTING 1994–95 Models
  1. Turn the ignition key to the OFF position. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Wait at least 90 seconds from the time the negative battery was disconnected to start work. CAUTION
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  2. Using a 5mm hexagon wrench, remove the 2 cap nuts and the V-bank cover. Fig. 1: Remove the V-bank cover, a 5mm hexagon wrench will be needed — 1MZ-FE engine 89552g58.gif

  3. Disconnect the ignition coil wiring from the coil being tested. Fig. 2: Disconnect the ignition coil wiring from the component being tested — 1MZ-FE engine 89552g59.gif

  4. Insect the primary coil resistance using an ohmmeter. Measure the resistance (cold) between the positive and negative terminals. Resistance should be between 0.54–0.84 ohms. Fig. 3: Attach an ohmmeter to the positive and negative terminals of the coil — 1MZ-FE engine 89552g60.gif

  5. If the resistance is not within specifications, replace the ignition coil.
  6. Reattach the ignition coil wiring.
  7. Reinstall the V-bank cover. Push on the cover until a click is felt, then tighten the cap nuts.
  8. Connect the negative battery cable. Reset any digital equipment such as radio memory and the clock if necessary.

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