Had a 90 something Bonneville dropped off overnight, by tow truck, half
blocking the door...darn towing company...anyway....owner finally
contacts us and gives us the key and states "it won't start".
After a few minutes of looking around a co-worker recognizes that the
security light is flashing and due to age and wear, figures it's "the
broken wires in the passlock resistor key ignition lock cylinder harness
in the steering wheel/column" scenario, as per the norm.
So, we order a new lock cyl, which comes with a key. (For those who
don't know, the included key is just used as a template to cut a new
resistor-key that matches the resistor in the old key that matches your
car's old lock cylinder that would not work in a new lock cyl.) and we
matched a new resistor-key blank and had it cut.
The parts arrive, and I pull the under dash panel first. (It's always a
good idea to just plug in the new resistor key and lock cyl harness to
make sure you are really about to replace the right part.) Guess what I
see...... A whole resistor key super-glued between the wires that are
supposed to plug into the harness to the lock cylinder!!! Good lord.
After un-"wiring" the key, I check and find that (of course) THAT
resistor is NOT the same as the resistor that was in the key that
matches the lock cyl in the car. That means the resistor-key we just
had cut is useless. grrrrrr. We'll get another key tomorrow, and yes,
I verified that with the right resistor in the new cylinder, the car
will start, so I will complete a PROPER repair tomorrow.
For anyone who hasn't realized it, at some point two things have
happened to this car:
1. Someone installed a used lock cylinder
2. Someone super glued the right resistor-key, so the used lock cyl
would start the car.
That's MORE TROUBLE than just fixing it the right way!!
Some people are too cheap to drive a GM.