How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dave Nova Your Own Question

Dave Nova
Dave Nova, Cadillac Technician
Category: Cadillac
Satisfied Customers: 18959
Experience:  ASE Master Certification. GM World Class Certification
11042942
Type Your Cadillac Question Here...
Dave Nova is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My 94 Cadillac Fleetwood reads Pass Key Fault on the dash

Customer Question

My 94 Cadillac Fleetwood reads "Pass Key Fault" on the dash display, and will not start right away. I have to wait 3 minutes for it to go away and re-try to start. Sometimes it will not start at all. I recently replaced the starter but my car kept the starter on and it burned out. What is going on with my car? Is it the ignigtion cyclinder, the stater, the wiring, the battery or the CCM (computer)?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cadillac
Expert:  Dave Nova replied 4 years ago.

The problem is most likely the ignition lock cylinder, there are two tiny wires coming out of the cylinder that break over time. You can replace the ignition lock cylinder or you can bypass the system. If you want to bypass the system, use an ohmmeter to find the resistance across the chip in the key. Then go to Radio Shack and purchase a resistor of the same resistance value. Wire this resistor across the two white wires coming out of the steering column under the dash. These white wires are encased in orange insulation where they come out of the column, then break out of the insulation near the connector. See illustration below.

 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Is the ignition lock cylinder the reason that the starter remained on and burned out? or is the cylinder just causing the "pass key fault" theft lock?

Expert:  Dave Nova replied 4 years ago.
The cylinder is just causing the pass key fault. The starter staying engaged would have been due to a faulty starter solenoid on the starter that was replaced or a bad ignition switch.
Dave Nova, Cadillac Technician
Category: Cadillac
Satisfied Customers: 18959
Experience: ASE Master Certification. GM World Class Certification
Dave Nova and 7 other Cadillac Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thats what I was thinking that the starter staying on was a starter problem. Alright thanks for all your help. Hopefully i'll get that fixed.

Expert:  Dave Nova replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for using Just Answer.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
< Last | Next >
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
  • He answered my question promptly and gave me accurate, detailed information. If all of your experts are half as good, you have a great thing going here. Diane Dallas, TX
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dave Nova

    Cadillac Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1469
    ASE Master Certification. GM World Class Certification
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DT/dt69nova/2012-6-15_234154_pic1.64x64.jpg Dave Nova's Avatar

    Dave Nova

    Cadillac Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1469
    ASE Master Certification. GM World Class Certification
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JF/JFN1/2011-2-26_33039_180754101501129867381533152761315265045893127711n.64x64.jpg Jerry Newton's Avatar

    Jerry Newton

    Cadillac Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1181
    ASE Master Technician, L1, Master GM Technician. Over 20 years of bumper to bumper GM experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PE/peterpete190/2012-2-24_1274_20120215135406.64x64.jpg Pete's Avatar

    Pete

    Cadillac Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    1133
    15 years Cadillac experience as a technician.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/testedtuff/2009-09-26_170108_pictures.jpg John's Avatar

    John

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    941
    ASE CERTIFICATIONS A1-A8 & L1 / 40 YEARS AUTOMOTIVE EXPERIENCE
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/joecamel90/2008-11-13_03615_head_shot.jpg George H.'s Avatar

    George H.

    ASE Certified Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    595
    ASE Master Tech 15+ Years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MO/molurch/2012-6-6_214526_500.64x64.png Don 'Mo Lurch''s Avatar

    Don 'Mo Lurch'

    Cadillac Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    462
    GM, Cadillac Cert., Heavy Line Mech, Race Shop Owner, Mobile Electronics.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/tsmodie/2009-6-10_144056_tim.jpg Tim Mohr's Avatar

    Tim Mohr

    ASE MASTER TECH

    Satisfied Customers:

    385
    30 YRS EXPERIENCE, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, GAS AND DEISEL
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Cadillac Mechanic
Dave Nova
Dave Nova
Auto Dealership Owner
1497 Satisfied Customers
ASE Master Certification. GM World Class Certification