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Rusty

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I need the combined wisdom of the team for this one.

2001 STS . Recurring pattern: turn the key, no sound, nothing. Lights work O.K. After waiting anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or more it starts and runs fine. No codes.

Caddy dealer says if it happens while they can observe it they can diagnose the problem. It happens again. I have the car towed to the dealer, they keep it all day - and of course it starts fine - every time. No codes , and supposedly the scan tool didn't provide any clues. The Delco battery is 3 years old but checked O.K. (according to the mechanic.) Dealer suggests the probable cause is a faulty ignition switch - $300. Not being in the mood for diagnosing the problem by the parts replacement method, I decline and drive away.

When the problem manifests itself again in a couple weeks, I had found my spare key, and voila, it started right up. I’m feeling good. But then the no start pattern appears again a couple of more times – each time starting fine after it sits for a few minutes. I’m thinking that maybe the security pill inside the key might be breaking down. I buy a new key, and for a couple weeks all is well. But the no start problem sporadically reoccurs.

I take the car to the Caddy dealer…. This time while they have it the no start condition does occur. Now I’m thinking, this will finally yield an answer. Dealer suggests again that it is the ignition switch, and I open my wallet and remove $300, consoling myself that that at least this will put an end to my misery. Wrong again.

I drive it home - and a few hours later - no start / no crank .

This one has really been a test. Any help or comments from the esteemed membership would be greatly appreciated.

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My guess: PRNDL switch fault. The safety interlock that ensures the car can't start unless in park or neutral is malfunctioning.

When this happens, put your foot on the brake and run the gear shift through the gear positions and back to park then

try to start again. If it starts after this procedure, ask your dealer to replace the PRNDL switch.

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If there is a problem with the ignition switch or the key resistor contacts you will get codes. No codes means that it is more likely the PRNDL switch (there are two of them) or a brake switch (there are two of these, too, and one of them just "talks" to the PCM).

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The start control circuit is not complicated. In addition to the various switches, there are two relays in the underhood fuse box where corrosion could be a problem.

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If there is a problem with the ignition switch or the key resistor contacts you will get codes. No codes means that it is more likely the PRNDL switch (there are two of them) or a brake switch (there are two of these, too, and one of them just "talks" to the PCM).

Two PRNDL switches?

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If there is a problem with the ignition switch or the key resistor contacts you will get codes. No codes means that it is more likely the PRNDL switch (there are two of them) or a brake switch (there are two of these, too, and one of them just "talks" to the PCM).

Two PRNDL switches?

Ranger -- I believe that there is a PRNDL12 switch and a PRND switch. One goes to the PCM and the other has the lockouts to starting the car, I believe.

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You're probably right, because I got my opinion from posts here, not the manual, and I probably just misunderstood the posts. I can understand two brake switches but the PRNDL switch only talks to the PCM and it makes sense that both engine and transmission control are handled by that signal, and both engine and transmission control are in the PCM.

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-- See my CaddyInfo car blogs: 2011 CTS-V, 1997 ETC
Yes, I was Jims_97_ETC before I changed cars.

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The PRNDL switch checked out O.K. and power was available up to the starter. So, a decision was made by the tech to try replacing the starter.

( $268 parts + $ 255 labor) I haven't had a no start event since, and hope that finally corrected the problem. Time will tell. This has been an expensive trial. Next effort will be to recover the cost of the unnecessary ignition switch replacement.

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