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THE KEY ALONE DOESN’T START THE CAR. IT’S LIKE SOMETHING ISN’T RECOGNIZING OR ACTIVATING WHEN THE KEY IS IN THE ON POSITION.

1998 Oldsmobile 88 • 111,772 miles

I have a 1998 88 Oldsmobile with an after market viper remote start system. Once the remote start activates the car, the key in the on position, press the brake and the car shuts off. All of the fuses are good. Without using the remote start, turning the key doesn’t work. Nothing lights up on the dash when using the key alone but the remote starts the car. What is really going on here?
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Roberttcrawfordiii
October 8, 2012.



Sounds like the switch or the lock cylinder maybe bad, also could you tell us who installed it? Yourself or a shop.

Evolve960
Oct 8, 2012.
A shop installed the system but they have gone out of business 5 months ago. How would I repair the switch or the lock cylinder?

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Roberttcrawfordiii
Oct 8, 2012.
Is there a way to test for either?

Tiny
Roberttcrawfordiii
Oct 8, 2012.
The easiest test would be to place the key in the ignition and see how it responds when you get to the ON/Run position do the dash lights come on? If so try starting the car ( they all should go out, if not usually the switch is bad. It also would be the lock cylinder not pulling the switch all the way to the starting position ( I had a saturn with this issue, but you could start it that way ). Also the switched ignition lead to the remote start module maybe bad. You may have to fish out on line what model the remote unit is and find a wiring diagram and figure out what they did under there, I also have seen in the past where the units are not tied down real well and one good kick under the dash and it messes everything up.

The reason however its still starting is that the remote start box overides the keyed ignition by directly controlling the 12v switched lead running to your starter ( also tied to PCM so it knows weather or not the car actually started, usually by rpms)

Evolve960
Oct 9, 2012.