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96 camaro Im looking into buying a 96 camaro and the only thing that is wrong with it is the ignition. When you turn the key is won't even make a noise. What could this be?

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Could be ign switch, relay, fuse, bad starter, corrosion on the battery cables, faulty starter cable, bad battery, corrosion on the starter, dead battery, bad alternator that allowed the battery to go dead, wrong key, bad key, worn key... shall I continue?

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I have a 96 camaro z28 when i turn the key on the dash comes to life but when the key is turned all the way nothing happens no whining not even a click. Im wondering if its something to do with electronics...


Check the heavy cable from battery to starter is ok. Put current directly onto the starting terminal on starter motor. If nothing happens the starter is dead. Make sure the battery isd charged

Sep 22, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Camaro Resistor keys, Starting problems.


I fixed my 99 Z28 myself with a 20 cent resistor. Dont let GM fool you into buying a new ignition cylinder or even a new key. If your camaro has a Resistor key at one point most likely before 100,000 miles your gonna turn your key and your security light on your dash is going to flash2_bing.gif constantly and your car wont start. If you want a quick fix without all the hassle of changing the ignition cylinder and buying a new key that cost over 100 dollars parts only, labor to install much more, just take a ohm meter measure the ohms on your key. The little black chip at back of key has a metal piece on each side place meter probs on each side, look at ohms. Now go out to radio shack or an electronic wholesale place and buy that ohm resistor you may have to combine some to make the ohms it doesnt have to be exact within 15 ohms is fine. Now remove 4 screws holding bottom plastic cover under dash just below steering column, carefull of trunk release connector. Find a small 2 wire with black connector and a orange sleeve coming from steering column that covers wires almost down to connector, both wires are mostly white and very small, solder the resister across these 2 wires, heat shrink resistor or electrical tape. Bingo your car starts! And you never have to worry about this defect in the ignition cylinder again. If you still want the security feature just put a push button on the resistor across the wires and hide button under the dash. Trust me the new ignition cylinder will do the same thing again in the future, was a bad design on GM on this cylinder, wires move with ignition cylinder and eventually break. Hope this helps and saves money for you Camaro Fans!

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What's wrong with my 96' Nissan Maxima? Bought a


I suspect you have two separate issues your lights staying on is possibly a faulty stop and tail light bulb check both , I suspect you may also have a faulty starter motor.

Jan 04, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Car won't start,i changed everything.it seems like something is wrong with ignition.


Exact same problem on my 96 legnum.
I had a mate look at it as he has been a mechanic for 20+ years. He said to check the starter relay. It's inside the car somewhere.
When you find it. Take it out and put a wire between where the two big terminals were. If it starts the car. That is your problem.

AND DON'T FORGET TO PUT THE CAR IN PARK OR NEUTRAL

Nov 21, 2012 | 1996 Mitsubishi Galant

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Stuck eldorado key in DTS ignition now car won't start


Make sure your steering wheel isn't locked. Sometimes a key won't turn until you jiggle the wheel while trying to turn the key.

Aug 21, 2012 | 2004 Cadillac DeVille DTS

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No power 96 camaro 3.8


I have the same problem, it seems related to the security system, maybe your key chip died, some times disconectin g the battery for some 10 minutes solves the problem

Mar 10, 2010 | 1996 Chevrolet Camaro

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I have a 96 Camaro V-8, lately i the morning after


it seems like a problem that would come from two parts one it could be a bad EGR valve and once car starts to warm up it does not work but Im more towards the intake air control valve this is what keeps your engine idle controlled by the car computer if it does not operate consistent to what computer says then it will shut off,this is located next to the throttle cable on the intake plenum,looks like a large bolt with an electrical plug on the end.try removing it and cleaning it with carb. clean, hope this helps you.

Feb 06, 2010 | 1996 Chevrolet Camaro

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1990 camaro was bought 3 weeks ago has a


I believe it is electrical, and someone,
1.Has tried to bypass the use of the correct ignition key,
2.Or a fusible link for the starter is blown.

Does the ignition key have a chip on the side of it? The 1990 Camaro uses an ignition key with a resistor on the side of it. (Chip)

I had a guy install a radio, cut many wires, then wired it up wrong.
I found fusible links in the engine compartment that were blown, and wires that weren't hooked up correctly.
Took a couple of days, plus the wiring schematic for the engine compartment, and interior, to figure out what he had done!

My suggestion would be to find out if the ignition key fits THAT car first. (Dealer info)
Find out if it's the correct steering column.
Then look under the engine compartment to check out the starter wiring. You'll need 1990 Camaro wiring diagrams.

The prior owner bypassed the ignition switch with that push button momentary switch, because either/or a fusible link has melted through, or it is the wrong ignition key. (And maybe a different steering column complete with key switch!)

The 'Chip' on the key is a resistor, and THE correct resistance is needed to bypass the theft deterrent system.

Sep 04, 2009 | 1990 Chevrolet Camaro

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Security on 96 camaro


try this, turn key on and walk away for 30 mins, after 30 mins turn key off, wait 15 secs, the try starting, this should reset the anti-theft system

Jul 09, 2009 | 1996 Chevrolet Camaro

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