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1993 Chrysler Concorde Question: electrical abs light, airbag light

 

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obxcats, 3.3L V6, Mathews, VA, May 27, 2009, 17:29
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Sometimes when starting the car the airbag and ABS lights stay on and nothing electrical (windows, head lights, turn signal, radio ect.) will not operate. Most times I find the radio or fan in the on position when this happens although I have had them in the off position before starting engine. I have found that restarting the engine with my foot on the brake will make a pop sound and operation will return to normal after doing this once or twice. Any ideas on what may cause this?

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    dandd June 05, 2009, 13:12
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    It sounds like you have an electrical short that involves your radio and brake switch. Any radio work done lately?

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    afridih September 02, 2009, 14:38
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    Hi, I had the same problem. Surprisingly it's caused by the ignition switch being worn. Once it was replaced, the ABS light never came on and the windows and AC/Heater worked as well.

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    obxcats, September 12, 2009, 12:10
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    I just found that it was the ignition switch in mine too. How much did it cost to replace yours?

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    VML December 09, 2009, 00:31
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    thanks, obxcats and afridih. I'll be the 3rd to confirm that replacing the ignition switch resolved the above issue. The switch cost $30 and I replaced it myself (1.5 hours labor estimate at repair shop). My car is so old, I would have scrapped it if it weren't for this exchange.

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    obxcats, December 09, 2009, 06:00
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    Yes it is the ignition switch. I did find that when I started the car the key would stay to far forward. I simply turn it back a fraction and all is well. You may try this before replacing the switch when your car is as old as mine (16 years). This works every time and I have been doing so for 5 months now. Makes me think that the only thing wrong with the switch is its a bit worn and the spring, or what ever, has weakend and doesnt turn the key back like it should. This is an easy fix and costs nothing!

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    Visitor, April 21, 2011, 12:02

    I have a 98 Concorde that is doing this. Never happens during our cold Idaho fall - winter - spring but once we see 60 or 70 degrees outside it starts doing it occasionally. Ignition switch huh? Well I am getting ready to sell the car so I may hold off and cross my fingers... or not, but I an happy to know what is causing it now!

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