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If dash lights do not come on when you try to start the car the car will only start run and die

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  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    already checked.....it has to do with the day time running lights if they do not come on the car will not run.

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    If the dash lights and daytime running lights do not come on when you try to start the car the car will only start run and die

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    We have already replaced the computer there is no anti-theft light that is on. Replaced the ignition module. Trying to get home we are stuck 5 hrs away from home.

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    We have replaced computer there is not light flashing when we try to start car. If the daytime running lights do not come on the car will not start nor do the instrument panel lights and we have replace the ignition module.

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    its ran since we replaced win the day time running lights dont come on the car will not start

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    flashers and blinkers work whear is the delay for the day time running lights

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    Do you know where the daytime running light module is?

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    At no point have we ever noticed or seen a green light in the upper left hand side of the instrument panel. Will that light come on if you diable the running lights?

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010


    We have disconneted the module and the car will still not start. Anymore ideas?

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    We do not have a green light...No lights come on when you try to start for example the ABS security check engine cruise....none come on but when they do we are in business

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    thank you for you help .....everything is new and we still are having no luck....but sometimes waiting with the key in the on position without starting will allow the lights to come on but that has not worked today or yesterday.

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    We will go to the parts store in the morning and buy a new ignition switch to see if that works....we tried that once but it didn't make a difference but we haven't tried that since the new computer. Thank you for you time and hopefully the swith will make the difference

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    The car will run fine for months then it will mess up for a couple of days then run fine for awhile then it repeats itself.

  • marabaustin Sep 02, 2010

    we appreciate your help...we are stuck in a hotel 5 hours away from home. So any help was great...we will try again in the moring. God bless you

  • michael Oct 03, 2012

    hello; i was wondering if you ever found out the cause of your problem? i am experiencing the same thing

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You could have the anti-theft system called passlock system which can cause this, otherwise it would be an ignition problem and lastly a computer problem. Do you have an anti-theft light that is on or flashing when you try and start the car>

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    Nate Stansfield Sep 02, 2010

    Try reprogramming the key




  • Insert the key that you would like to program into your car's ignition and turn the key to the "On" position.





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    Leave the key in the "On" position for 10 minutes and turn
    the key to the "Off" position once the security light in the car turns
    off.





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    Turn the key back to the "On" position, wait another 10 minutes and return the key to the "Off" position.





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    Turn the key to the "On" position for the third time, wait 10 minutes again and turn the key "Off."





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    Remove the key from the ignition and the reprogramming of the key will be completed and ready for use.


  • Also check all your battery cables and make sure they are not corroded at the connections on starter or battery and cables are tight.




  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 02, 2010

    That is a strange one, but the first place I would look is the signal
    flasher unit. That is the culprit 99% of the time when you have no
    signal lights. There are 2 flasher units, one for the signals, one for
    the hazards. They are both under the drivers side above your feet.
    You can also pull the daytime running light delay module out and the car should start.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 02, 2010

    There is a fuse in your fuse box that you can take out and it will
    disable the lights. It's either fuse # 2,5,15,22, or 23. The little
    green light in the upper left portion of your instrument panel will
    still operate as if the lights have never been de-activated. It will
    stay lit until you manualy turn your headlights on, then it will go out.

    If you want to get to the module itself, it looks like this


    It is here:



  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 02, 2010

    yes the green light should turn on if it has one. not all of them have the light.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 02, 2010

    Have you tried putting the key in the ignition and turn to the on position (do not start)
    Leave in on position for exactly 10 minutes. Then try starting the car?
    That is about the only other thing I can tell you.
    If computer is new, ignition module is new, crankshaft position sensor is good, wire from ignition module to solenoid is good, and batter cable connections on both ends are clean and tight, I honestly don't know what that would be and I have been a mechanic for 11 years!

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 02, 2010

    It does sound like an ignition switch problem (not module but the switch itself) or computer.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 02, 2010

    The trick is to leave it on for EXACTLY 10 minutes. If anything else, try wiggling the key in the ignition. Hopefully it's not shorted.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 02, 2010

    I sincerely wish you the best of luck! I wish I could help your further but am completely out of ideas.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 02, 2010

    You can always repost your question and try and let another expert help you if you'd like. I feel bad, I really want to help but just out of ideas and none of my other mechanic buddies are awake right now to ask.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Sep 02, 2010

    Same to you! Best of luck!

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    Replace the fuel pump relat

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