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1997 Buick Skylark 3.1L will not start

The car turns over but will not start the theft system light is on and the check engine light has been on for a few months also with no problems. Why would the factory installed theft system light be on? Would it have something to do with it not starting

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  • Rsquared85 Oct 21, 2008

    I am having this same problem. The engine turns over, and then almost immediately turns off. The theft light flashes. Fixed once before by disconnecting and reconnecting the battery after about 15 minutes, but the problem returned.



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Does the light security flash,if so turn the ignition switch on/engine off.Wait for maybe 10 to 15 minutes.Until light becomes solid.Then breifly turn key to off then start.If this does not work contact dealer...

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