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While driving at highway speeds, pressed button on drivers side to lower front window and insturment panel flashed, radio cut out and lights flashed/dimmed all within a couple of seconds. Definitely scary. Happened again a couple of months later. Then a third time a month or so later.
- Tera C.,
Carthage, IL, US
"no fuse", "no bus" errors with random electrical failures
My daughter was finishing up with the community theater she is a part of and went to the vehicle to start heading home with her children. She tried starting the vehicle and said it acted like it was possessed. The wind shield wipers moved, the instrument panel flickered and flashed "No Fuse" and "No Bus", the interior lights blinked on/off with a background of random relays chattering from under the dash and in the engine compartment. Thankfully, my eldest daughter was also there and was able to tow her home safely at 10:30 pm over the dark country roads (glad I trained her right). I looked up the symptoms and it recommended I check the fuses, wiring and connections. Having been a radar and weapons control specialist in the military during the Vietnam Crisis and being as how I usually maintain our vehicles (if it is within my ability and I have the tools), I did a thorough once-over of all the electrical connections and inspected the wiring for cuts, breaks, cracks, etc.. Online it also said to consider looking at five (5) sensors that could possibly lead to the error messages: the Crank Position, Cam Position, TPS, MAP, and Transmission with the "Crank" sensor being the Number #1 culprit. I was able to get the Crank Sensor (four days later) and with an extreme test in my patience, was able to replace it (these vehicles are NOT made for people to work on with actual man size hands). The replacement did nothing and the vehicle still acts like it is possessed when you try to start it but it does have a new crank sensor now! My daughter and I are convinced it is probably the TIPM (or fancy fuse panel), especially when we are finding that there are soooooooooooo many problems with this particular unit and none of the other components really seem to fit the problem. Unless the PCM died. Being as how these units have no moving parts and the vehicle owner/operator does not have direct contact with the items, THEY SHOULD NEVER FAIL and if they do, it is definitely the manufacturer's fault and should be covered under a LIFETIME warranty. I can not stand that we cater to a "throw away" society and that manufacturers feed off this. So now my daughter has to continue to pay for a car that doesn't run or fork out thousands of dollars (more) to get it working again or maybe the finance company would just want the car back !!!
- David W.,
Archer, FL, US