Caroline w/a 1995 Saturn SL said on a recent show she got out of the grocery store and her car alarm went off. The surprsing thing is that she never had a car alarm installed.
Believe it or not, I had a similar thing happen to me.
Back in the 1990’s, I purchased a Toyota Corolla new from the dealership. After 5 years of near perfect reliability, one morning the car wouldn’t start. No rrrr rrrrr. No click. No sound of any kind. Nothing.
After some poking around, I discovered the problem was the signal from the ignition switch (START) to the starter relay wasn’t getting through. When I traced the wire out under the dashboard, I discovered someone had spliced in a small connector. The START signal – which is supposed to go directly to the starter relay on the drivers side relay& fuse panel – was instead routed through this weird connector. It caused no problem for 5 years as the connector was wired so that as long as the connector was not connected to anything, it sent the START signal right through. The reason it wouldn’t start that one day is that I had apparently accidentally broken the connector by hitting it with my knees getting in and out of the car. AHA! No START signal at the starter relay, no go.
I removed that connector completely, wired it up the way it was supposed to in the first place, and it fixed the starting problem. But the question is: What the hell was that connector doing there in the first place? It doesn’t appear on the Toyota Shop Manual wiring schematic, and since the wire colors used didn’t match up to the original Toyota wires, so it was obviously spliced in after the car was manufactured.
It seems like it must have been some kind of car alarm or theft prevention thing. But this car wasn’t supposed to have any alarms installed.
So who put it in, what did it do, and why?