Three weeks in a row now my 01 Alero won't start. My mechanic says to leave the key in and on for 30 minutes. It then starts. How can this be fixed?
tims auto repair :
Hi, why does he say to leave the key on 30 minutes?
Does the security light stay on when it won't start?
Yes, the security light flashes for about 15 minutes then goes out. He says to leave the key in for 30 minutes so the key can be re-learned.
Ok, when did you last replace the switch?
Ok, did that fix your problem for a while?
Yes for about 2 months. They cleaned all the ground wires twice. Still had a problem. On 11/29 they replaced the BCM and reprogrammed it. I think I bought a lemon!!!
And the security light will flash, not stay on..right?
Last night it was on the whole way home from work, about 15 minutes
Ok, will it start now?
Security light stays on now also?
Ok..so it seems fine now. Correct?
Ok. Since it seems to do this intermittently, let us replace the ignition switch one more time. It should be under warranty. Then do a relearn
Once a week for the last 3 weeks I've had to re-learn the key
But, the new switch did fix it for 3 months
It is common to get a bad new switch for these. So, let us try it one more time
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