Question about 1997 Buick Skylark
I have the same problem with my 97 Skylark. When I turn the key there is no sound from the engine but the lights on the dashboard rapidly flicker at me and the clock resets itself. When I do manage to get the car started I bring it straight to the mechanic. But he has no problem getting it started and says there is nothing wrong. I have no idea what to do. I'm moving in a month and need it fixed asap.
With the radio resetting itself it sounds like you have a battery on it way out. Once you drive the vehicle it charges up again resulting in your mechanic being unable to replicate the problem. I recommend replace the battery and see if it will happen again, I doubt it.
Posted on Jul 20, 2009
Many cars these days are equipped with an immobilizer. (you can find more information about the immobilizer in your owner's manual). The immobilizer allows the engine to run only if the correct key is used. If your car has an immobilizer, you probable see a "Security" or Key-shaped light coming on on the dashboard every time you turn the ignition ON. If this light is flashing when you turn the ignition ON, it could mean that there is some problem with an immobilizer or the system does not recognize the key. If the immobilizer doesn't recognize the key, the engine wold not start at all, or would start and then die in few seconds.
You can try a spare key, if it won't work, your dealer is the place to call. Sometimes, the key is just need to be reprogrammed. On some cars you can find the information how to reprogram the key in the owner's manual..
Posted on Jul 20, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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