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Old 03-07-2011, 08:41 AM   #1
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Car won't start (Again!!!) - Stability Trac Need Service

I thought the issue was fix by reflashing the ECM by the dealership 2 weeks ago. Again, it came back on Saturday night and I had to call a tow truck. The relay fuze was making a loud ticking noise, but the engine won't crank. After the tow guy dropped my car off to the dealership drop-off point, he started the car back up. WTF!!! ...This has been the 10th time the car won't start and start back up normally after 1 hour or so. I'm sick and tire of the run around that excuse "I can't fix your car issue, unless it break down for real." What happen when my warranty runs out?

The dark side is calling me.... I'm strongly considering trade this no good Camaro in for a 5.0.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:45 AM   #2
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From my experience it's either your battery or your alternator. My Solstice did the exact same thing within 4 months. The battery was crap. Dealer installed new battery under warranty and the problem was gone.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:00 AM   #3
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doubt its the battery. its either good or bad, not fluctuating between the two.
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:05 AM   #4
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doubt its the battery. its either good or bad, not fluctuating between the two.
That's true, he did say it started when they dropped his car off. It could be loose connections.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:34 AM   #5
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Actually it could be the Battery, I had this exact same issue and it ended up being a dead cell in the battery. The ECM does very odd things in low voltage situations. Also, have them check the harness where the jumpers go. That is also an issue and causes very odd things as well. (like reduced engine power mode, windows not working, clicking noises, service stabilitrak errors). After they fixed those two things my car has been solid.
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Old 03-07-2011, 02:03 PM   #6
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I hope this new dealership can fix the issue. I took the car to the last dealership and they pretty much couldn't figured out what was wrong. Battery, wires, cables were checked out normal. No one could find the tiny gremblin in the car.

WYcamaro is right, it must be a loose wire somewhere that make the car act up like this. I never have any engine or transmission issue. Great car, but the electrical is driving me crazy.
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:45 PM   #7
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I had about the same issue and it was the battery cable connector that had a stripped screw and a bad connection. Changed the cable and no issue since.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:56 AM   #8
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Electrical Gremlins could be hard to find. Could be as simple as a bad transponder in the remote or bad relay, or alternating electrical connector. Are there any dash lights when it will not start? Security light would be a remote problem although the clicking sound seems to indicate a short or bad ground.
I would request the dealership go through the entire electrical system (every connector, ground & computer) until they find it. This is one of those things you don't take no for an answer on.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:30 AM   #9
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I thought the issue was fix by reflashing the ECM by the dealership 2 weeks ago. Again, it came back on Saturday night and I had to call a tow truck. The relay fuze was making a loud ticking noise, but the engine won't crank. After the tow guy dropped my car off to the dealership drop-off point, he started the car back up. WTF!!! ...This has been the 10th time the car won't start and start back up normally after 1 hour or so. I'm sick and tire of the run around that excuse "I can't fix your car issue, unless it break down for real." What happen when my warranty runs out?

The dark side is calling me.... I'm strongly considering trade this no good Camaro in for a 5.0.
I'm curious about the thought process here. You want to take a $5000 hit on the trade to a mustang because of this issue? Is that issue really worth over $5000? How sure are you the Mustang wouldn't give you problems?

Me thinks the dark side would be calling you regardless of the your Camaro issues. You obviously like the 5.0. Nothing wrong with that.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:29 PM   #10
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I would look into the possibility of a dealer-installed starter-kill system. Many dealers install them at delivery, then try to sell it to you as an option at the time of purchase. I have one on mine, and I have to lock the car before starting. If I don't lock first (by remote or dash switch), I get a Stabilitrac message on the display, and the car will not start until locked.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:12 AM   #11
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Goliath, has this issue been resolved for you yet?

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Old 10-12-2011, 12:31 AM   #12
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Not sure if this will help, but just keep it mind to have it checked out next time at the dealer. I have been fighting the "Service Stabilitrak" light for about 11K miles or so. Just now starting to get to the bottom of it. One trip to the dealer, they discoverd that the wiring harness was partially unplugged, but the light came back on afterwards. Today, they discovered that the steering wheel angle sensor is bad. Hopefully, this will take care of the light. I have had it serviced numerous other times, but no real reason to the cause. A low voltage reading appeared one time doing the diagnostics, but the light continued to come on. So, I will coninue to take it to the dealer in hopes of finally eliminating all the possible causes. It just makes me wonder how many other things are partially unplugged or bad on the car.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:41 AM   #13
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doubt its the battery. its either good or bad, not fluctuating between the two.
Could be a weak cell in the battery. I have seen many batteries over the years work and then not but latter start the car again. We just had this issue on my daughters Saturn Vue.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:02 PM   #14
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i had some issues with this and almost used my 30 day buy back with the dealer. spent 3 hours trying to jump it so i could take it back turned out to be the battery cable was loose in the trunk.
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