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Old 02-21-2013, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Solstice starts itself

I was perplexed when one day I shut off the ignition only to have the car (08 standard Solstice with no power locks, alarms, etc) start itself. I could shut it off but in a few seconds it would again start! This even happened when I removed the key. I even tried to shift the automatic transmission and put it back in park. This did not help, as the engine still started with or without the key. After awhile all warning lights on the dash went out (I now had the key out of ignition), and the car did not self-start.
Nobody seems to tell me what is happening. Will the car start itself unattended? Does the key with electronic chip have to be present again before the engine will fire?
I've never heard of this before. I hope someone reading this can give me some insight to the mysterious problem and ease my worries that it will start unattended. At least it did not drive itself away--perhaps that is next.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First thing - you didn't nickname the car Christine, did you?
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like an electrical short to me. Unless you know a lot about chasing electrical gremlins, this is an issue for a dealer to fix. And it will probably not be cheap or easy.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with the Treeman. Maybe more electronic than electrical. I had a remote (aftermarket) on a pick up that started doing this. Given that the starting process is computer controlled on the Solstice I could see a chip/board malfunction causing this.
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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First thing I recommend when there are electrical anomolies is the battery condition. The car will react randomly if the voltage drops to the minimum level requried to run the car. I have seen a plethora of seemingly disconnect and random electrical events happen due to a low battery.

The car security system should lock out the ignition start sequence if the key is not present. Check to see if the green padlock light is lit when this happens. It is remotely possible that something is wrong with the ignition inhibit system that is actually sending a false start signal.

Since this security system should preclude starting without the right key chip in the ignition, I would seriously look there in any case. If something else is causing this behavior, the security system should not allow the car to start in any case.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Did someone install a remote start accessory?
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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the owners' manual refers to how the car will continue to spin the starter even if you release the key quickly. And it will. This system is probably being engaged by some gremlin, as stated above. Now, as for starting w/o the key, I don't think so since the key is not present.
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This exact problem came up on NPR/Car Talk a couple of weeks ago. Click and Clack's only suggestion was exactly what glake said above, maybe a P.O. has installed a remote start device that got triggered somehow.
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I was perplexed when one day I shut off the ignition only to have the car (08 standard Solstice with no power locks, alarms, etc) start itself. I could shut it off but in a few seconds it would again start! This even happened when I removed the key. I even tried to shift the automatic transmission and put it back in park. This did not help, as the engine still started with or without the key. After awhile all warning lights on the dash went out (I now had the key out of ignition), and the car did not self-start.
Nobody seems to tell me what is happening. Will the car start itself unattended? Does the key with electronic chip have to be present again before the engine will fire?
I've never heard of this before. I hope someone reading this can give me some insight to the mysterious problem and ease my worries that it will start unattended. At least it did not drive itself away--perhaps that is next.
That is a strange issue to be having. Keep us posted and let us know if you take it to a dealership. Feel free to contact us privately but please include your VIN#, name, situation, contact information, dealer, and mileage. I hope this is resolved quickly. Regards.

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Old 02-23-2013, 09:00 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for the ideas.
First, no, there is no remote with this vehicle. No door locks, no alarm, nothing like that.
I have had the car several years, and never haf the problem before. It not only cranked the engine but quickly started. The key was not in start or crank position, so it could be freely removed. I moved the key back to start position while the engine was running, then back to stop. It stopped momentarily, turned over and started again. It did the same thing when I removed the key. Finally in stop position after about five tries, the lights on the dash went out, I gingerly removed the key, and it did not start again.
I left the car for about three hours, and it did not start itself.
I then removed the negative battery cable which I have not yet connected again (out of town for a few days, so I did not want "Christine" leaving me-- I still love her).
I am hoping this may reset the electronic start functions. The cat is not driven often, so I will take the advice of one of you and fully chargd the battery (though I do not think it was low).
I am in Puerto Rico in a remote mountain area, so access to a GM dealer is not easy.
To-morrow I will reconnect and charge the battery, and make some starting on and off attempts to see what happens. I will report what happens.
I see some of you say the key with the chip when not present will not allow the engine to run. How then did the engine continue to run with the key withdrawn from ignition?
Thanks everyone, and I hope the GM man will stay with me to help resolve the problem!
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Matt,
How do I contact you privately at GM Customer service with the info uou need. BTW-- the car has less thsn 22k miles. Thanks
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PM him on the forum: http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/p...=newpm&u=22671
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How do I contact you privately at GM Customer service with the info uou need. BTW-- the car has less thsn 22k miles. Thanks
Go to the message #9 and click on the GMCustomerSvc link on the far left. A box should drop down and one of the options is "Send a private message . . . "
Click on that link and the software should put you into the private message area where you can sent Matt the information he is requesting.

Good luck.

Edit: . . . or click on TomatoSoup's link in the previous message, it'll take you to the same place.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:01 AM   #14 (permalink)
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There have been issues with the ignition key lock tumblers and switch on the forum. I'm thinking that is your problem. An intermittent short in the switch...
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:24 AM   #15 (permalink)
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OK, that's a good one. Software meets hardware and suddenly there's a soul in la machina. Are you close to the Aricibo antenna? Maybe you're getting a big dose of RF?
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