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March 15, 2014

Flash-to-pass feature won't work

Q: I own a 2008 Saturn Outlook with 51,000 miles. I purchased it three years ago when it had a little under 24,000 miles. The repair records show it had numerous problems under the previous owner. I have had only one problem, which was repaired under warranty (an AC door mixing relay malfunction). I really enjoy this vehicle; it gives a great ride and has plenty of space and looks great. Everything works well except the Flash to Pass does not work during daylight hours. It does function when the headlights are on either in auto or manual mode at night. Can you shed some light on what the problem may be?

A: If your Saturn has high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, you do not have the flash-to-pass option. If you have automatic headlights, with the lights in auto the flash-to-pass should work. If you don’t have auto headlights, the flash-to-pass will work only with the headlights on. If you do not have HID or auto headlights, your manual headlights can be rewired to give you the flash-to-pass feature. Expect to spend around $200 to have the system rewired to work the way you want.

Q: I own a 1999 Buick LeSabre that still runs like a top. My problem is that the “security” light on the dashboard never goes off. I checked my book and it says to clean the key or try another key for my car. I did both, but the light still stays on. Any suggestions? My book also says that if someone tries a key other than the one for my car, the security light will come on.

A: Most likely you have a broken wire coming off the ignition switch. Presently that’s a nuisance. My crystal ball is telling me in the near future this is going to be a no-start problem. This is a problem that you may want to address with a service facility that is knowledgeable in this system. As memory serves me, the security system in your ’99 Buick can be bypassed and the light will go away. Depending on the condition of your car, and any other security measures installed on this car, you may decide to disable rather than fix the problem. Either way, this problem needs to be addressed.

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