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    Front strut sensor bypass.

    I have a 95 Eldorado and keep getting a S012 code. I read you can fool the sensor by installing a 4.7 ohm resistor. I bought a sensor from radio shack but I must be doing something cause I keep getting the code. I check the wiring from the suspension module in truck to the left front sensor and I have a complete circuit. Anyone here bypass this strut so you don't get a code? If you install regular struts, how do you bypass the computer? Thanks for any help.

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    What's the code definition?

    The CVRSS bypass trick is done with a 1/2 watt, 4.7K OHM resistor, not 4.7 OHM, but I'm not sure if it will work on a '95.

    What "sensor" did you but at RadioShack?

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    Also are you talking about the height sensor or the strut solenoid?

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    Not the height sensor, it's the strut solenoid. I did install the 1/2 watt 4.7 ohm resistor. Did not work and still get the s012 code.

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    4.7 KOhm - as in: 4,700 Ohms................ if the install even works on a RSS suspension. JimD would know.

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    Ah, I guess that "K" makes a big difference.

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete315 View Post
    Ah, I guess that "K" makes a big difference.
    Indeed. Sort of like the difference between a check for $4.70 and a check for $4,700.00.

    Locate the factory decal showing options installed during assembly (RPO codes). Most likely on the bottom surface of the spare tire cover. Tell us all the codes that start with the letter F.

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    Fe1, fe9, fv3

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete315 View Post
    Fe1, fe9, fv3
    Very good. I did not expect to see F45 which means you do not have what was known as CVRSS active suspension which at the end of the day means the 4.7K Ohm resistor value will not work for you.

    You must have the RSS active suspension and RSS is a totally different beast.

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    Then where was the resistor insalled?
    Why would you even have a suspension module if you don't have F45?

    This is really confusing.
    Do you have wires connected to the struts?
    Do you have 4 height sensors?

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    Quote Originally Posted by JimD View Post
    Very good. I did not expect to see F45 which means you do not have what was known as CVRSS active suspension which at the end of the day means the 4.7K Ohm resistor value will not work for you.

    You must have the RSS active suspension and RSS is a totally different beast.
    I found the resistor I installed before and it was in fact a 4.7K ohm resistor and it the service suspension warning came back on. I must be doing something wrong.

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    For starters, you didn't read his post - you have RSS, not CVRSS, so all suspension resistor bets are off. N*Caddy may have more insight.

    The resistors plug into the wiring harness connector the same as sticking a bent paper clip into a wall plug .........

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    My right front strut gets no codes so I might just cut the 2 wires going to the left front strut at the RSS module and splice them into the 2 wires going to the right front. This way, when computer runs its test, the left strut test will gets its reading from the right front strut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N*Caddy View Post

    This is really confusing.

    You ain't lying, im confused as well

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    Re: Front strut sensor bypass.

    Pete315, before cutting anything, wouldn't be a good idea to KNOW what is it that you are cutting.
    Can you please read my previous reply and answer to the questions I asked you.

    Generally speaking if you are about to cut some wire YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG. There is always a connector on that wire you can disconnect and to whatever you want to cut the wire for at the connector. Think about plan B, what if you cut the wrong wire?
    From what I see you are about to do so.

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