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Security light flashes car wont start

Put in new switch and passlock still have to wait 10 min with key on sometimes before car will start driving me nuts please help!!!!!!!!

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  • mcpettit Jan 18, 2009

    my car will turn over but not start occasionally when it does start it runs great i took it to the mechanic and was told its the panel cluster and the ignition had to be replaced but had to match can i get this out of a junk car as long as they both come from the same car?

  • Richard Leser Mar 22, 2009

    Where on the internet can I find step by step instructions on replacing ignitionwith on 1996 ols 88?

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You need to go to GM and find out what defective part is causing this, the most common is the sensor in the ignition lock cylinder fails, then when you try to start it doesn't send a usable signal from the key chip to the electronic module that controls the security system and it locks you out.

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Hello: Try this, Turn key on, try to start, let k/switch come back to run, let set for 10min(security light out) turn key off 10sec, turnkey back on let set 10min, turn key off 10 sec, turn key on let set 10min. turn key off 10sec. turn key on start car if it doesn't start and the security light is flashing you have a passlock problem and it will require a new lock cylinder assembly and the above learn procedure.

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You need to reset the Passlock security system to your Tahoe.

1. Attempt to start the car, let it stall, but DO NOT turn the key off! Leave it in RUN.
2. Wait 10 minutes or until the Theft System light glows steady instead of blinking.
3. Do not turn the key off, but start it immediately.
4. This should reset your Passlock system.

Good luck and thank you for using Fixya.

If that does not work then your may have to do the 30 min relearn. You do basically the 10 min thing with the security light trick instructions above. Here goes this only works if your secuity light is on.

Put key in ignition don't start the car but you want to turn the key all the way on and release it back to the on position wait 10 mins or till the security light stops flashing repeat this the exact same way two more times( dont take key out) ending in about 30 mins total time. this should reset the code to the computer and you should have no more problems with it.

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Ok then, from your description and the
make/model/year of the car you have there,
it appears you've reset the VATS.

The car's security immobilizer
reader at the key switch
does not recognize the coded
chip in the ignition key any longer.

You can try to put the key
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Once done, the key is re-programmed and
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In some cases, the VATS (GM'S VEHICLE ANTI THEFT SYSTEM)
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then you can simply tow it to any GM vehicle dealer
to have the service department re code it.

There is a permanent solution though.
Adding the PLJX Self learning Bypass module (59.95)
will bypass the PASSLOCK system in your vehicle
for good. See this at www.PASSLOCK2.com

Good luck I hope method 1 does the trick!

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