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I brought my car into the shop when it wouldn't start in my garage. The instrument cluster lit up but the engine wouldn't turn, nor would my radio turn on. The top worked as normal, as did my door locks. The car has been in a small import garage for 3 WEEKS now, and they claim they've ruled out the obvious, clutch safety switch, etc. but don't have the staff nor some of the equipment to peel the error codes off the computer to definitvely say the immobilizer is gone. The only positive is that they would put in a used immobilizer if I needed one. If I did that, would the new keys also open the doors/trunk or would I need to put in new tumblers? Thanks!
I agree, Ahsai, they should be able to tell me what they've done, and it helps to hear from someone like yourself who obviously has a lot of experience with this to confirm what I'm feeling. On one hand I don't want to be a pain in the a** to these guys and tell them their job, but on the other hand the lack of good feedback of what they've done is making me antsy. Thanks again for you feedback! Mike
Hi Ahsai--I agree, I hope they don't need my input but haven't talked to the mechanic, just the owner and he doesn't inspire confidence, saying things like "this isn't an ordinary problem...". They have a good reputation, nonetheless... I so NOT have a second key, unfortunately, but you certainly gave me some talking points...hey you don't work in Northern Illinois do you? :) Thanks for your thoughts, Mike
Hi JFP, thanks for the reply. Instead of working with it myself, I brought it into the local import shop. My technical ability is good with electrical (on an amateur level) but I don't have the tools to pull off the error codes off thee computer, test the starter, etc. However, they've had it for nearly a week and they aren't having luck with it either. They checked the clutch safety switch (I could do), security system (I could not have done that except checked the fuse), but I am concerned that they basically are going to do the same things I would do at home, i.e. Check for short circuits, etc.and rack up some mega-charges. I am thinking that I should ask them to check some specific things, i.e. Starter, error codes, and if they don't find anything bring it home for me to troubleshoot. Thoughts? If I ask them to test specific areas that require specific tools or a high degree of skill, do you have a suggestions of what that should be? Thanks! Mike
Thanks--JFP, you misunderstood my question about disconnecting the battery...to put it another way: Will disconnecting the battery clear the codes? It sounds like you interpreted it to mean that I wanted to use it as a tactic to solve my problem. From your reply, I am assuming that by disconnecting the battery the codes WILL clear, which I wish to avoid due to the reason you mention...if I got that wrong, let me know. Kbrandsma--thanks for the update!
Thanks kbrandsma! I'll check the owner's manual on where to find the switch. I have an appointment with the shop to have it towed in on Tuesday, but I'd like to see if I can troubleshoot a bit first...I wonder if this could this be self-inflicted, i.e. a short caused by the power wire for backup camera caused the failure of the clutch safety switch, or the fact that the car is 15 years old....
Have a 2000 Boxster S, aftermarket, pro installed stereo. Last year, I installed a backup camera and it worked well. While backing out of my garage yesterday morning, I noticed it wasn't working. After coming home from work, popped the trunk and started troubleshooting, and found that the power wire wasn't carrying power from the radio (where I jumped power from) to the back of the car. It was getting late so started to pack things up for another day when I noticed my radio had no power going to it, wouldn't turn on. I thought--hey this looks like a fuse issue, but when I checked fuses D8 and D9, they were fine...checked the fuse on the radio and it was fine as well. Then the real fun began--turned the key and it the car didn't make a sound...wouldn't turn over,no clicking, cranking, or otherwise! I thought--could have drained the battery with all the troubleshooting so I trickle charged it overnight and still no luck. It is acting like a Boxster acts if you don't fully depress the clutch while trying to start it--the instrument cluster lights all turn on, the climate control, windows, and top all work (although the aftermarket mod to the top switch that allows for one-touch closing of the top stopped working). I was thinking of disconnecting the battery for an hour or so just to see if it helps, read it in some forums...will this erase the error codes? Thought it might not hurt to go through all the fuses to see if any have blown...thinking that the power line for the backup camera (which wasn't carrying power from the front to the back of the car for my backup camera) might have lost insulation and may be causing a short somewhere causing a fuse to blow? Could electrical gremlins have thrown my security system? If that happens do all the dash lights still light when turning the key like mine does? Any suggestion? Thanks in advance! Mike