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2003 Chevrolet Malibu turn key one click

I changed the starter, alternator and battery, it ran and drove for about 10 minutes. Parked it and now when I turn the key it just makes one click and then nothing, theft light is not on. Can't figure this out. Any suggestions?

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Check the cable on the starter make shore the wire did not touch the manifold and melt it .

Posted on Feb 15, 2012

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on the ignition key you have to change the ignition baril put new one in try to start it wont leave the key on theft light will flash for 20 minute turn key off and start it thanks pierre

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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SOURCE: theft system passlock on 2003 chevy malibu. theft

yr gonna have to get the passlock key and punch it into the radio so u can solve ur problem most chevy dealships can assist you with that.

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SOURCE: Malibu 2003 starting problem

It might be the starter relay and it is also not unheard of to get a bad starter.

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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No. The anti-theft system is inherent with the vehicles wiring. It can be bypassed, but I have no knowledge of how to do it.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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SOURCE: starter

Visit the autozone.com website and register your car. It doesn't cost anything and will give you access to an online repair manual for the car. The procedures for changing the starter can be found there. Hope this helped and best wishes.

Posted on Aug 06, 2009

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