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Security system if my cutlass doesnt start on the first turn of the key 8 times out of 10 the security light starts blinking and i have to wait till it stops blinking to try again, if im lucky and try to start it as soon as it does it i sometimes can get it to start and then the security light remains lit until i turn the car off,, otherwise im waiting arond 15 - 20 min. to try again i dont know of a disabler or any switches or buttons to reset it, i have however been able to disconnect the neg. battery cable and reconnect and it start but most times it just does it again

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  • darcy vargo Aug 21, 2013

    i'm haveing the same issue, and it's getting worse.

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Looks like the TDM in the security system (VATS/PassKey) is having problems, it's typical on those cars and it can get worse till the car wont start anymore. You can find a great write-up here: http://newrockies.ca , it was the only thing that saved my Park Avenue.

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