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Security lights flashing after battery cable removal-no start

I cleaned battery cables/contacts, after connecting the engine wont start and security lights flashing, on the dash the word security appears along with a headlamp symbol both are flashing

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Anytime you disconnect and reconnect your battery, the factory alarm will arm upon reconnection and the truck will not start. You have to close your doors, then manually lock and unlock the door with your key. This should turn off the security system and you should be able to start the truck.

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