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    95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    Turn key and nothing happens. All lights and radio work. After trying and trying to start it eventually starts. Had new ignition cylinder replaced, bypassed vat key. Any ideas?????

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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DeraldN View Post
    Turn key and nothing happens. All lights and radio work. After trying and trying to start it eventually starts. Had new ignition cylinder replaced, bypassed vat key. Any ideas?????

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    just off the top of my head -

    loose wire at the starter -
    starter solenoid -
    starter -
    ignition switch -
    starter relay -
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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!


    Have you swapped out the battery with a known good one or had it load tested?
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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    Dirty and or loose battery cables at the battery. Remove them, clean them, reinstall them and report back.
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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    Battery is good, cables are clean. Once I get it started in the morning it starts fine the rest of the day. Was told it could be the passlock sensor?
    I will check the wires to the starter but I don't think that is bad. How do you check to see if the ignition switch is good? Thanks everyone for the replies. I love this site already :-)

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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    So you did remove and clean them at the battery?

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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    yes all clean

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    U did replace lock cylinder. Ur asking about replacing ign switch? I think they are both the same thing. Why did u change lock cylinder?

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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    No they are not! Lock cylinder unlocks the steering wheel, completes the Pass Key code verification and moves the rod in the ignition switch down on the steering column. I presume the cylinder was replaced to possibly fix a PassKey mis communication.
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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by basscatt View Post
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    loose wire at the starter -
    ^This^ 9 out of 10 that I've seen.
    Don't over tighten.

    Quote Originally Posted by DeraldN View Post
    I will check the wires to the starter but I don't think that is bad.
    Why would you say that?

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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    Because once i finally get it started in the morning it usually starts the rest of the day the first time i try.

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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    Starter relay as it was stated above.

    There is no such thing as PassLock sensor.
    If you have issues with the Theftlock is pretty obvious there is a message on the dashboard telling "Starting disabled"

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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DeraldN View Post
    Because once i finally get it started in the morning it usually starts the rest of the day the first time i try.
    That is a symptom of a loose nut.

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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Aztec ETC ECS View Post
    That is a symptom of a loose nut.
    Or a corroded (or burnt contacts) relay...either of the 2 are highly plausible.

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    Re: 95 eldorado wont start. Turn key and nothing happens. Please help!!!

    The reason it starts after it's driven is heat expansion. A few degrees will expand the cable eyelet enough to work for the day. After overnight cooling........

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