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Old 06-24-2012, 08:58 PM
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Guy brought his car in just before closing on Saturday. Figured I'd run it past you guys before I got in tomorrow.

Maybe our official unofficial electrician Darb can help.

Turned the key off, no resistance, car kept running. Pulled the CAI off and held my hand over it to kill it.

Then I tried to restart it and nothing. Got it on the lift and noticed a new starter. Checked it out and it seemed fine. Popped the hood because the parking lights were on and unhooked the battery. Hooked it back up, lights come on, the trunk popped and the rear windows tried to go up/down.

Scratched my head thinking it may be the ignition looked at the key fob and noticed a DEI remote start. (also can pop the trunk) Since it's a starting/stopping problem I'm thinking it's a bad remote start. Since someone just changed the starter (I hate seconds and usually add 2/3 hours to make a point not to put 'er in stirrups if you can't deliver). Anyway, I'm thinking the dolt arced the starter wires and fried the DEI. Then I'd second the column. Here's your opportunity to earn a rep and help spread the love!

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This could go either way depending on how it was wired. Based on it not starting I'd be inclined to go with the ignition switch, but most DEI remote starters have a starter disconnect so that could be in play. As some of the missing information is the model of the remote starter, I'm going to guess that it is one of the higher end units that interfaces in to the power windows as well as the trunk lock.

2+2=crooked 5

I'm going with a fried DEI.
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It doesn't even have a brand on it. There's tape on the rear windows like he was having problems with them before and now they don't even work, they just make a lot of noise for about 5 seconds. The trunk popping has me pointed in the DEI direction because there's a button on the fob for that...and that he replaced the starter. There's no resistance in the ignition switch so it feels okay. It doesn't cost anything to disconnect the DEI so that's where I was heading first. If not. then I'll try the ignition switch but I hate trial and error.
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.Got to work and unhooked the DEI. Car started and ran fine...shut off too! thanks Brad
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I wanna be like him when I grow up too......although the wife seems to figure that if that hasn't happened my now, it's not likely to ever happen so I guess I'm doomed.

You know Drew.....you had already figured it out. All I did was agree with YOU! LOL

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