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 Post subject: EBII Fairmont - no start
Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:40 pm 
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G'day everybody

I have an 92 EBII Fairmont which (usually) is a great car.......but........in the last couple of days it's developed the bad habit of not starting.
I turn the ignition on and......nothing......no cranking..............nothing.

The problem originally raised its ugly head when we had those really hot (over 40C days in Melbourne around Christmas), and until today, the car has always started after I shift the trans from park to neutral and back again......a few times I've had to let it sit for a couple of minutes though.
I just tried to start it and this time it won't come good.

If it's the inhibitor switch can it be bypassed (and anybody know how much a replacement would cost and whats involved in installing it?)

Any ideas? All suggestions greatly appreciated.......thanks a lot
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Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 6:35 pm 
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hit the top of the dash while holding the key in the start position, if that makes it start, the fault is in the smartlock module and it may be repairable.
If its the inhibitor switch, moving the tbar from P to N should make it kick over.
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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:33 am 
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Sorry I didn't reply earlier...just wanted to say thanks.....it worked and I'm mobile again :D

Any idea what could be wrong with the smartlock and cost to repair?
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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:51 am 
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Just turns faulty for some reason, I personally wouldn't bother repairing one, just go to your local wreckers and purchase another.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:52 am 
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my eb ll had the same problem it dry solder joints the the moduel i did mine , if confedent with a soldering iron u may be able to do it your self but if not a auto electriction should be able to do it for you as for price i am not sure.

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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:39 pm 
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neddy wrote:
Just turns faulty for some reason, I personally wouldn't bother repairing one, just go to your local wreckers and purchase another.


theres a good chance the replacement one will have the same fault, its a very common problem with these models.

you should be able to find someone locally to do it, even a tv repair shop, just tell them to resolder the majority of the pcb as dry joints are the cause of the problem.
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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:55 pm 
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Thanks a lot for all the help guys. Really appreciate it
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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:23 pm 
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Hey my mums ED GLi is having the same prob, u give it a tap under the panel near the handbrake lever, and away it goes, im sure it's the bem module,what is involved in repairing it, just simple soldering or major work? What part do u repair? It's starting to get quite annoying...Vito.

 

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Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:13 pm 
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"resolder the majority of the pcb as dry joints are the cause of the problem"
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 Post subject: smartlock
Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:07 pm 
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Does any body know if a faulty smartlock will cause the car to stall once its running?

and where is the smartlock PCB located?
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Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:33 pm 
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no, smartlock will not cause the car to stall once its running, the smartlock module is located above the handbrake on EB/ED and below the cluster on the left hand side on EF/EL
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