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Security problem i was wondering if you could email me on how to fix the security system mine has been acting up quite a bit latley and been a big hassel if im in a rush to get somewhere thanks

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  • stockard4u Oct 06, 2008

    We too have this problem. Try and start the car (sometimes) and it will not turn over. Then we have to wait 10 minutes as the security light is blinking and there is no starting the car until this stops. Yesterday it wouldn't start at all (this was a first) and we had to have the car towed home. The car has sat over night but the car still will not turn over. We are only glad to have a second vehicle. However, now my husband has the "Mom" van and we have no vehicle in case of emergency or if we need to go anywhere. HELP

  • Hannah Suttles Feb 28, 2009

    My Pontiac does security atleast once a week. It gets really annoying especially if you have somewhere to be. Yesterday it did it about 13 times. It did is 3 times before work and 10 after. I almost had to have it towed home. It has never done it this many times. The only thing to get it to start was to turn it to On first until you hear the fuel and then start it. It's worked today but who knows... It's so frustrating!

  • Hannah Suttles Feb 28, 2009

    My Pontiac does Security atleast once a week. The Security light blinks on and off for ten minutes exactly. After that it will usually start but occasionally it will do it two or three times. Yesterday it did it about 13 times. It did it 3 times before work and 10 after. I almost had to have it towed home. I have no idea what to do about the Security. Today I have turned the car to On and waited until I could hear the fuel and all of the lights are off in the dash and it has started. This problem is extremely annoying. Apparently I'm not the only one though. I think Pontiac needs to fix the problem. It's ridiculous! HELP ANYONE?


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I am currently in the process of fixing two 1999 Pontiac Grand Am's. There is a small magnet in the ignition switch that goes screwy for one reason or another. Most of the vehicles that year did not come with the "chipped" keys as Lobsterman described above. For those of you who do not have a chipped key there is still a magnet in your key that activates the small maganet in the ignition. You can buy the 40 ignition module from Advance Auto Parts or Auto Zone for $40 that you have to install before Installing a remote start. It comes with instructions and is a fairly simple fix.

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I had the same problem ended up replacing the ignition, and problem solved, not an extremely costly thing 80 bucks i think it was

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I can't really send you the information on how to bypass the antitheft system. It would be defeating the purpose of the antitheft for everyone else that has it in thier car. But. You have a couple of choices. Bring the car to a dealer and have them fix it properly or, bring it to a car audio/electronics place that installs remote car starters and have them bypass the antitheft (probably cheaper option).
On your key there should be a black square with a silver piece in the center. That's the antitheft part. Check to see if its clean and not worn down. Or the contacts inside the key cylinder (ignition) could be worn down, if so, it needs to be replaced. When starting wiggle the key abit, it may take a few tries because of the 'timing' of when the antitheft system actually 'checks' the key.
You can get a new key made by a place that knows about the chip in the key, it's not exactly new technology so most places that can make keys should know about it. I suppose you could also hit the steering wheel repeatidly at the same time that your turning the key while your trying to start the vehicle. But you probably did that by now in frustration.
If there's no black square with silver piece in the key then there's some type of aftermarket antitheft system that's malfunctioning.

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