When I start the car, if I go directly from off to start, the engine will not start without cranking for an excessively long time, but if I give up before cranking for too long and try again, it will start right away. I have found that if I turn the key to the run position, wait for the second seatbelt warning chime, then turn the key to start, it will start right away about 80% of the time. That leads me to believe it is an electrical problem with the computer of some sort, perhaps a relay like you mentioned. I already checked all the fuses and connections, and found nothing wrong.
When I removed the starter module, I didn't remove the wiring. I have no reason to believe that the previous owner lied about when the problem originated, so I believe he is correct that the issue is unrelated to the remote starter.
I have discovered that the problem with the radio seems to be thermal. It hadn't done it, and doesn't do it until the mercury hits about 90 degrees. It is also not entirely caused by using the turn signal. I have since had it shut off while just driving, but it seems to be an electrical issue as well. I notice it happens mostly when I use some additional electrical power, such as the turn signal, or to put the windows up or down. It has shut off while just driving only a few times. When the problem does show up, I have a hard time making it happen again to try to diagnose the problem. It seems to have a mind of it's own, and it only shuts off when it wants, and comes back on a few seconds later.
Again, I have no idea if the radio problem is related to the starting problem. They both seem like electrical issues, but only the radio problem is temperature specific. I have the starting problem all the time.
Thursday, July 19th, 2007 AT 11:15 AM