This one is probably headed for the dealer. I just haven't made up my
mind whether to drive it there now (risking a monster disagnostics
effort that doesn't come up with the right solution); or, waiting until
it fails completely and having it towed to the dealer. Or maybe taking
it to a locksmith to check out the ignition switch.
About two months ago, the engine failed to crank on the first turn of
the ignition key. Second try was successful. Acted like a bad solenoid
or a dead spot on an armature. A week later it did the same thing, batt
voltage was down to 11.2 volts so I threw a charge on it. Ok for
several days then it acted up again. Checked all the grounds and cables
between the battery and the load center. OK for several days then it
failed to crank again on the first try. Replaced the three-year old
Couple of weeks later I was back to the same problem. Swapped ignition
keys and cleaned the contacts on the resistor bead (figuring it was a
PASS key or security issue -- this car uses ignition keys like the old
system on the C4). Again, things were OK for a week. Then it was
sometimes taking two attempts. To reduce the accessory load when the
key is turned on I started turning off the a/c before shutting down the
Now, sometimes it won't crank on the first try but always makes it on
the third attempt. Last Friday I was in the boondocks, miles from a
tow-truck and it took four turns of the key before it cranked. That
caused a 'pucker wrinkle' in the middle of the driver's seat.) For the
last four days (probably a dozen starts), no problem.
Makes no difference whether the weather or car is warm or cold. Or,
where the steering column is positioned.
If I recall correctly, 2002 has multiple modules whereas 2003 & '04 have
a less complicated system.
Anyone else had this problem? Any thoughts?
tks in advance