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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #315 on: June 04 2015, 08:58:55 AM »
ses out?  You gotta another ecm to try?
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #316 on: June 04 2015, 01:01:13 PM »
I moved the car again an

d the light was off.  I'll try swapping back to the old ecm to Ser what happens.
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #317 on: June 04 2015, 10:28:02 PM »
I started car up a couple more times and no ses. Then I swapped in the following sequence. starting the car up to see if the see illuminates.

old      on
new.   On, restarted off
old.    On
new.   Off
old.    on
new.  off

Don't know what it all means but I'm working my way up to guru level at swapping ecms and ignition modules alike  :cheers:
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Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #318 on: June 05 2015, 01:14:56 AM »
Sounds like the new one is bad
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #319 on: June 05 2015, 08:14:32 AM »
That is the third one to go bad in the last 500 miles. Any ideas what causes this?
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #320 on: June 05 2015, 11:30:46 AM »
same brand rebuilds or used ones?
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #321 on: June 05 2015, 10:00:55 PM »
Different brand rebuilds
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #322 on: June 06 2015, 12:14:51 AM »
I might take the ecm voltage chart and see if anything is out of whack plus do a voltage drop check between the ecm case and the negative battery terminal with the engine running
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #323 on: June 06 2015, 10:24:50 AM »
also, check the wiring harness where it comes thru the firewall under the hood, just behind the driver's side valve cover.  make sure it is not laying down the back end of the valve cover (or just behind the cover)in the area where the harness forks.  There is a screw that emerges thru the firewall into the under hood area.  I think it holds the gas pedal bracket in place.  If the harness sags down and lays on the screw, it can cause a lot of different problems as it rubs into the wires.

Normally, the harness is held up by a stand off that goes over the rear valve cover stud.  But it often breaks with age and allows the harness tor rub back and forth on the screw.  the screw is not readily apparent unless you feel under the harness for it.
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #324 on: June 06 2015, 10:39:38 PM »
Ok ill try what you suggest when I get a chance. It might be a couple of weeks unfortunately, I'm working out of state for awhile.
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #325 on: April 16 2016, 07:47:16 PM »
Sorry for dropping the ball on this for almost a year. I've been working out of state and have been focused more on painting my uncles Malibu as posted in the "bodywork" section. I intend to get to this soon, I'm back in Ohio the next two weekends so we'll see what happens then.
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #326 on: April 16 2016, 09:53:54 PM »
Lol
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #327 on: December 01 2018, 09:55:12 AM »

Sorry for not posting sooner, but life kind of got in the way for the last couple of years. I was able to fix the problem and the car has been pretty much trouble free for the last year, so I am confident that the issues discussed previously have been solved. I think the car had 2 problems simultaneously, so that is why it was so maddening.


   Problem #1, the "A" connector on my ignition module terminal was probably making intermittent/poor contact.


To fix the problem, I was able to slide the metal end on the wiring harness side "A" terminal out and bend it so it made better contact. There's a picture in this thread about 10 posts back that clearly shows what I'm talking about. After that, no code 42 SES light ever again and no more failing computers.


After problem #1 was fixed, I still had an intermittent issue where the ignition would cut out every so often. Sometimes it was when I hit a bump in the road, more often then not it was at WOT or close but less frequently it seemed random....It felt like someone just turned off the key for a split second. Then it would cut back on after a split second, often backfiring. I blew out my muffler one time this way. The SES light would come on for a split second, but there would be no code. This went on for a year or so, often it seemed to come and go. Because I had just bent the connector to "fix" the issue, I thought it might still be "Problem #1".So I eventually soldered in a new Casper's Ign. module connector from. Not long after that my car died in the driveway (no-start), which is when I found the real culprit.


   Problem #2, the ignition module.
My first inclination was that my solder job was to blame, but it wasn't. I remember next going through the "no-start" tree and coming up with a bad ign module as a possibility. Even though I had already replaced this part, I bought a new AC/Delco (the previous was a "standard" part I think) unit and I've had no issues since.
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #328 on: December 01 2018, 01:04:35 PM »
After all the work you put into it, you gotta be one of the foremost troubleshooter s around!  I'm glad you came back and told us what you found.  I bet it was nice to drive it fora a change :)
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Re: Newbie w. New GN
« Reply #329 on: December 12 2018, 06:25:24 PM »
Well without this site I wouldn't even know where to start other than swapping out parts.  Thanks for that!


Yes, driving it is nice. It's just about like a normal car now, runs close to how I'd imagine they should when most everything is right at least.  I don't put many miles on it, but I do daily drive it frequently when the weather is cooperative. It's a fun car and real car people appreciate it I think.
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