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Theft mode when we go to start the car it sometimes doesn't start and the car goes into theft mode. We have been told to wait 10 minutes and restart, sometimes it works and sometimes we have to wait an additional 10 minutes. It is happening more often and the mechanics are saying it's guess work, don't want to pay for guess work

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    More than likely the key sensor in the ignition switch is defective, has the technician talked to u about that?

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Have the crank sensor tested and before you do this make sure the battery is keeping a full charge

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