Cadillac Repair/Car stalling


Hey Rob I wanted to say you were 100 percent right on the ignition switch being bad in the 1992 Cadillac Deville. The more I investigate it the more I believe it. I have to leave the steering column adjusted in one spot or the car will not start. Now I have a new problem but I think it is related to the ignition switch. When I make a right hand turn and I come ending the turn the car acts like it dies. The car is still on but if you hit the gas pedal you get no response it takes a good 5 seconds and I have my foot to the floor board and finally it takes off and their is no more problems after that. It just does not like making right hand turns. I just replaced the fuel filter so I don't think it could be clogged but I never know with this car. I do live in Virginia so the road it sandy and salty most of the time. But I really don't think the filter is clogged what is your opinion. I have an old steering column for this car in our attic so I am going to buy the tool tomorrow to play with the old one and see how hard it will be to replace the ignition switch. I also wanted to ask you on this car for the cruise control is their a switch that is in the steering column. I believe that is why my cruise control won't work but I am not for sure. Thanks.

No No No!!!!!!!!! You can't change the steering column!!!!! As I told you there are 1 of 14 different resistors that make the engine start. In other words, you are not going to find a mating column. The ignition is not at the key lock cylinder and is under the dash on the top of the column. DON"t change the column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Alarm system questions cannot be answered on this forum. These systems are not what I can answer. Without being physically at the vehicle and not knowing what kind of electrical service has been done on the vehicle, there is no possible way to give an accurate answer over the internet. My expertise is in Ignition/key based anti-theft systems. These issues include GM VATS (resistor chip in key blade) PASSLOCK (MRD)-ignition lock rotation based, no special ignition key and the PKIII Transponder (computer chip in key) systems. These systems are not alarm based and are integral with the starting of the engine. This is why I cannot diagnose alarm problems without physically looking at the vehicle: Alarm systems are a completely different annimal than ignition key/lock based anti-theft system. Many alarm questions come from vehicles 10 years old, and since older, many hands that had been involved over the years.I am an expert in all GM factory (ignition/key based)systems. Alarm system questions pose to many situations beyond my knowledge as to what has been done to the vehicle over the years. Some guy may have actually wired the stereo into the alarm system. Who knows? Over my past 30 years in vehicle wiring repair, I have seen unbelievable wiring disaters done by guys that consider themselves "mechanics." I have seen stereos and alarms intalled using surgical tape. I have seen modules burn up, un-fused circuits, wiring jambed between the doors and even lamp cord used for a starter kill. To answer alarm questions over the internet without examining the vehicle is like asking; What does it take to remove a dent?


Education/Credentials-ASE certified. 11 years with a GM dealer and 17 years with a repair facility dealing with only the repair of theft recovered vehicles.

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