Question about 1998 Chevrolet Prizm
This site has pulled me thru before, I do volunteer work on cars for "challenged" folks..so here goes. This vehicle has a history of a front end collsion (possible distractor), and a host of bizarre electrical issues. The vehicle will start normally, and die within seconds. If I pulled the headlight relay, it continued to run. Put it back in, dies. Unhooked left headlight, runs. Other random electrical glitches Throughout the entire system occur, door buzzer stayed on with key out, turn signals flashed brake warning light and ABS light..all turn and high beam indicators lit with no lights activated. My gut tells me they are one problem, and it also tells me this is a grounding issue or alternator, cannot justify either hunch. Does this car have a BCM? Note that this problem appears to be COMMON among these rebadged Toyotas, have seen Many such descriptions on forums, just no answers. MobyMech, you out there?? Anyone?
Don't know if this will help...had a nissan multi that drove me absolutely bananas ... die randomly ... use starter motor to crank to the side of the road ... scratch head look in and around engine , fuel tank ... try again and starts and gets me home !
Turns out that there was only one ground from ECU and trace it to 1 10 mm bolt on engine that I had not tightened when working on something else...long time past before it got tarnished enough to quit making contact but early on it gave weird performance symptoms .
My 2cents .
PS used schematics and ohm meter to find this .
Posted on Mar 10, 2017
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Find the ground wire on one of the lights and add another ground wire to a good clean metal surface and see if that fixes the problem. It defently sounds like a ground problem at one of the lights.
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
if voltage reulator on alt. does not stop current after battery is charged it will over charge battery abd can drain cell from boiling electrolite out.check 4 bulged battery case(swelling) indication of overchaeging.the start problem could be your starter wires connection.remove starter wires clean contacts and torque respectively.dont forget the ground to motor.sounds like a loose or corroded contact somewhere.
Posted on May 31, 2009
replace the main headlight switch and the connector to that switch, the connector can be obtained from the dealer only in most cases.
Posted on Jun 18, 2009
this sounds like a crank position sensor issue, however check the condition of the battery and for tight battery connections first. The blower motor may be another issue, blower motor relay or a loose or burnt connection at the blower motor or the blower motor resistor and lastly a bad blower motor.
If your check engine light is on have the codes read. This may help you in finding the problem.
Posted on Jan 05, 2011
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