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Old 02-10-2019, 10:52 PM
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Location: Southern California
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Car: 1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS
Engine: 5.0L 305 V8
Transmission: 700R4
steering column electrical

greetings everyone.
I recently purchased a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS 5.0L vin code E. ive been getting some interesting electrical problems that i cannot decide if they are related or if they are their separate issues. when i purchased the car, the gentleman informed me that his mechanic bypassed the VATS security system. the first issue is that when the vehicle is off, the right turn signal does not flash but the right does, however when i activate the emergency lights, they both flash. when the car has the engine running, all the turn signals work fine. the next issue is that there is no audible click from the flasher. the lights flash but there is no click. i bought a flasher canister and on my way home the sound came back but only intermittently. some days it would click. other days it stays silent. the third issue is that the door chime also works intermittently except then i push the ignition key further into the lock cylinder does the chime start working. im also noticing alot of noise from the radio system similar to alternator whine noises but the alternator was tested and it passed and the battery is new.
This is what i know:
1. the battery and alternator are good.
2. the VATS system is disabled. this worries me because third gen camaros and firebirds seem to attract wire butchers and im skeptical if the job was done right.
3. the battery cables have been swapped. they are not the original ones but converted for top post and the wires look too new which tells me that the whole cables have been replaced rather than just the terminals.
4. the car was originally a california car but it spent five years in colorado before it came back to cali. road salt and humid environment?
5. the turn signal lever feels loose but still cancels itself and lock cylinder appear loose but ive had other third gen camaros with the same thing and no electrical. maybe this is the exception?
I know that these seem like too many problems and i dont expect everyone to magically solve my problems but any help would be appreciated in pointing me in the right direction of any tips.
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