1999 Buick Regal - need steps to unlock anti-theft (I have my code)
I have a 1999 Buick Regal LS and recently had some work done that required disconnecting the battery. Of course, the anti-theft mode locked by stereo system. I know the code, I just can't remember the steps to enter the code and can't find my owner's manual. HELP!!
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Is your SECURITY light flashing? If so, you have a V.A.T.S. problem. VATS stands for Vehicle Anti Theft System. Try getting a new ignition key made because the resistance value has probably changed in the one you have. If that doesn't do it you'll need to get a VATS bypass.
The security, antitheft, or passlock light is a visual indication that something in the car's antitheft system is failing. In most GM cars and trucks there is a hidden system that most people are unaware even exists. From the moment you put your key in the ignition, there begins a constant line of communication between your key's security chip or transponder, to the ignition's lock cylinder, and then to the car's TDM (Theft Deterrent Module). These 3 parts are in CONSTANT communication. If the key is in the ignition, then these parts are sending signals to each other. The security light illuminates when that signal gets broken, even just for a second. When the signal breaks, the car misinterperates this as an attempt at theft and goes into antitheft mode. The car thinks its being stolen or hotwired because it is not getting that signal from YOUR specific key. This is why the security light turns on and shuts down your vehicle. This link may help you find ways to bypass this or fix it yourself. http://vatspasslockpasskeysecurityhelp.yolasite.com/
I wash my engine all the time too. The only thing I can think of that you might have done is get a waterproof seal on or near the coil pack wet. If you have a compressor, take out the plugs and blow them dry. The vat thing, I am unfamiliar with, Unless it is the anti theft system, which is a ****** to fix if it goes wrong. I know it kills just about everything, why not the pump? But if your engine turns over, that is not it. Check the oil. Check the stuff that got the wettest. Hope this helps.