I was out of town on business the other day and ran into trouble with
my 97 Firebird that left me in such a bad spot I wound-up having it
towed to a dealership and spending the night in a hotel. I dreaded the
dealership option, but I didn't want to turn my car over to just
I had left my client's office and drove to a Best Buy. There wasn't
even the slightest hint of a problem at this point. I came out of the
store, plugged in one of those cigarette ligher AC inverters and turned
the key...NOTHING. The radio was ON, but the dash lights were ALL OFF.
I removed the inverter and tried again...nothing.
I hooked-up a portable jump-starter, but got the same
response...nothing. I checked every fuse inside and under the hood and
all were good. I tried again...nothing. On 2 separate occassions I
did get the engine to turn-over briefly, but it wouldn't fire. It
sounded like it was out of gas (it had a full tank).
In my research in the hotel room I read a little about the security
system in the car. Specifially the response of shutting-off the fuel
pump and disabling the ignition if the resistance of the key doesn't
match what the PCM expects. Does that sound like a plausible cause for
It seems like an ignition switch would become intermittant before just
crapping out. I'm also suspicious of the fact that I plugged in the AC
Inverter before attempting to start the car.
Any thoughts on this? (I don't want to be at the dealer's mercy!)
97 Firebird Formula
SLP Cold Air Induction
SLP Ram air hood
SLP Shift Improvement Module
Hooker Aero-Chamber Muffler