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Need to reset theft system on 1997 malibu

Replaced cylinder lock and theft system light came on and car won't start

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Turn car on engine off, let set to on for 10 min.after 10 min, turn off for 15 seconds then try and start car. this should reset theft system. if not try again.

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Un plug battery for a while to get the computer to reset. usally wrks and it doesn't cost any thing to try. keep it unplugged for about an hour or so maybe?

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