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How to disable passlock on acheiva which is malfunctioning not allowing it to start.

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  • paymon_d May 11, 2010

    Is your security light flashing? If it is then turn the key forward to the "on" position and let it sit for 10-15 minutes until the light turns solid then crank the car

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There is a detailed write-up here: http://newrockies.com/vatsbypass. This was the only way I was able to save my Park Avenue.

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Why does the anti-theft light stay on?


There is a problem with the system an there is a DTC - diagnostic trouble code stored in the body control module !
The vehicle theft deterrent system is designed in order to prevent vehicle theft by disabling the fuel injectors unless the lock cylinder is engaged by the correct mechanical key. The theft deterrent system uses the following 4 components for theft prevention:
?€¢
The lock cylinder


?€¢
The ignition switch


?€¢
The body control module (BCM)


?€¢
The powertrain control module (PCM)

When starting the engine, the PCM searches for a password from the BCM through the Class 2 serial data circuit. If the password is not recognized or not present, the PCM will disable the fuel injectors. Two modes of tamper detection are provided:
?€¢
No password received


The engine will start and stall quickly. SECURITY telltale will flash on the instrument panel cluster (IPC) and then stay ON steady.


?€¢
Incorrect or disable password received (More than 3 invalid passwords are received)


The engine is disabled for at least 10 minutes and the SECURITY telltale will illuminate solid on the IPC during the 10 minutes.

After the vehicle has passed theft detection, the PCM will continue normal operation
Ignition Switch
The mechanical key and lock cylinder is located on the steering column. The main electrical switching portion of the assembly is separate from the key and lock cylinder. The VTD portion of the ignition switch is the Passlock?"¢ cylinder.
The Passlock?"¢ lock cylinder is a locking cylinder that turns a magnet past a stationary hall effect sensor. When turned to crank, the hall effect sensor is latched which applies a fixed resistance to the Passlock?"¢ signal data circuit. The voltage measured by the BCM on the Passlock?"¢ signal data circuit is the Passlock?"¢ data value.
Body Control Module (BCM)
The BCM compares the Passlock?"¢ data value to a value that it has stored in memory. If the values match the BCM sends a password via the class 2 serial data line to the PCM.
Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
When the PCM receives the correct password, the PCM enables the fuel injection system, allowing the vehicle to operate correctly. The PCM may allow the car to start and quickly stall during a failed theft condition.
If the BCM does not receive a Passlock?"¢ data value, the BCM will enter a short tamper mode. During this mode, the VTD system will not allow the car to operate for 4 seconds.
If the Passlock?"¢ data value is incorrect, the VTD system will enter the long tamper mode. In the long tamper mode, the following actions will occur:
?€¢
The THEFT SYSTEM indicator will flash.


?€¢
The fuel injectors will be shut off for approximately 10 minutes.

Although the vehicle may start, the engine will quickly stall due to a fuel cut-off.
In the event of an open in the serial data communication between the BCM and the PCM or a failure in the Passlock?"¢ lock cylinder, the following actions occur:
?€¢
The VTD system will become fail-enabled if the car has already passed theft for that ignition cycle (i.e. the engine is running).


?€¢
The PCM or the BCM may set diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs).


?€¢
The THEFT SYSTEM indicator will light continuously.


?€¢
The PCM will become fail-enabled for future ignition cycles.

If a failure occurs when the ignition is off, while the VTD system is not fail-enabled, the PCM will never receive a valid password, and will not allow vehicle operation by disabling the fuel injectors. An this system can set 6 DTC'S
DTC B2947 Security System Sensor Power CKT Low DTC B2948 Security System Sensor Power CKT High DTC B2957 Security System Sensor Data Circuit Low DTC B2958 Security System Sensor Data Circuit High DTC B2960 Sec Sys Sensor Data Incorrect but Valid DTC B3031 Security System Controller in Learn Mode DTC B3033 Security System Indicates Tamper

May 21, 2015 | 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier

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The red light that is located on the little antenna attached to the windshield formy remote car starter stays on and the remote will not start the car


I don't know anything about remote car starters, but you might want to see if it has a reset button, or try changing the battery.

Feb 02, 2015 | 1998 Chevrolet Blazer

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Let me be a little more specific about the steering column security system, I was stranded for half a day two years ago. The car would start for half a second and die. When I finally got it to the d


1999 GMC Safari is equipped with a PassLock* system. It is designed to disable engine starting unless the ignition lock cylinder rotates correctly when the proper key is installed. The system is similar in concept to the PassKey* system. However, it eliminates the need for a key-mounted resistor pellet.
The components of the PassLock* system are as follows:
> The ignition lock cylinder
> The ignition switch
> The PassLock* sensor
> The PassLock* module
> The security indicator
> The Vehicle Control Module (VCM)

If any of the components (with the exception of the security indicator) is replaced, the PassLock* sytem must be reprogramed before engine start will be enabled.

When the system malfunctions, it is necessary to retrieve fault codes from the VCM to correctly determine which part of the system is causing the problem.

* "PassKey" and "PassLock" are registered trademarks of Genral Motors Corporation.

Nov 21, 2011 | 1999 GMC Safari

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01 chevy malibu won't start, security light blinks but after leaving the switch in the on position for ten minutes it will start is there a permanent solution to this?


I have the same problem on my 2001 malibu. Do a google search for 2001 Malibu Passlock malfunction. You have to have the passlock system replaced, although I've seen many forums where people have had it replaced only to have it malfunction again because Chevy never made a new passlock that does not malfunction for older Malibus. Also, if you get a remote car starter I've heard this will disable the passlock therefore removing the issue of it malfunctioning so you would not have to worry about it not starting.

Dec 20, 2010 | 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

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I think the passlock is enabled is there a way to disable the passlock the wants to start but after reading the manual it seems to be the passlock


you need to take off the cover by the gear shifter and there will be a black and yellow 20 gauge wire cut both wires turn key to on for 5 to 10 min then start car your passlock is now disabled!!!

Nov 11, 2010 | 1997 Oldsmobile Achieva

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HOW DO YOU FIX THE ALERO ANTI THEFT PROBLEM IF IT KEEPS COMIING ON


I am assuming the light you are talking about is the "SECURITY" light on the dash. Your Alero is equipped with GM's Passlock system which cuts fuel to your engine if it determines that a source other than the key is trying to start the car.

I found this online, i posted it somewhere else as well and heard it would work...goodluck

PASSLOCK I or II DISABLEMENT
The following is a procedure to disable Passlock I or II Systems for vehicles in which remote start/stop system installations are required. This procedure is required because a remote start system will not function with the current Theft Deterrent System (Passlock) which is included on many 1996 and up GM vehicles.

Please note that this modification is intended to be used only in conjunction with the installation of a remote start/stop system and does not provide a procedure to install a remote start/stop system.

CAUSE
If an attempt is made to start a vehicle by a means other than a key rotation in the ignition switch, the Body Control Module (BCM) will interpret this start as a vehicle theft and disable the fuel injectors.

CORRECTION
A minor wiring modification may be made to allow the vehicle to be started remotely. This modification includes adding a switch to allow the customer to select "ON" to disable Passlock or "OFF" for normal Passlock operation.

CAUTION: When this modification is performed and the switch is set to the ON position, the theft deterrent feature will be disabled. When the theft deterrent is disabled the SECURITY or THEFT telltale will light up indicating that the theft deterrent system is NOT functioning.

PASSLOCK MODIFICATION
Refer to appropriate GM service manuals and/or SVMQP Electrical Guideline Manual for instruction on splicing and electrical connections.
1. Select a suitable on-off switch (see note below) which will be used to disable/enable the Passlock System. Mount the switch in a location such that it is accessible to the driver and will not interfere with normal vehicle operation.
NOTE: This is an extremely low current circuit (approx. 7mA), it is therefore very important that a high quality, low energy, fast acting switch be utilized for this application.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
3. Locate the Main Ignition Switch Harness in the Column. GM's Passlock System wires exit the Ignition Switch Tumbler together and then join with the Main Ignition Switch Harness. (See http://www.bulldogsecurity.com/ or http://64.85.6.118/diagrams/diagrams.asp and select your Make, Model and Year for wire colors and clues on the quickest way to access these wires.)
4. Locate the Yellow Passlock Data Wire which is included in a bundle of three tiny (20 GA) wires wrapped in friction tape.
Cut this wire and splice a 0.5mm2 (20 GA) yellow wire to each end of the cut wire.
Keep wire length to a minimum. Route modification wires clear of moving parts.
Connect the yellow wires to the switch such that the contacts are OPEN when the switch is in the ON position.
5. Turn modification switch to the OFF postion (contacts closed).
6. Start vehicle to verify normal operation. If engine "cranks but will not start" recheck the switch position (contacts should be closed), wire connectors and modification wiring.

SWITCH OPERATION
To enable remote start:
Start the engine with the ignition key (modification switch must be in the OFF position). Turn modification switch to the ON position (contacts open). The SECURITY or THEFT telltale will light up indicating that the Passlock System is inoperative.Once the SECURITY or THEFT telltale has been on for at least 5 seconds the vehicle can be turned off and then remotely started.

To disable remote start:
The Passlock System can be reactivated by turning the modification switch OFF (contacts closed). Vehicle can either be running or off when this is done.

Please note that the VCM/PCM will record Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) related to the security system when the modification switch is in the ON position (circuit open). This is due to the way that the VCM/PCM interprets this condition.

NOTICE
Any condition which removes battery power from the Vehicle Control Module/Powertrain Control Module (VCM/PCM) (e.g. dead battery, disconnected harness connectors, etc.) will prevent the vehicle from being restarted. If the engine exhibits a "cranks but will not start" symptom, place the modification switch in the OFF (contacts closed) position. This will reactivate the Passlock System and allow the vehicle to be started with the ignition key.

Hope helps (remember to rate and comment this).

Sep 22, 2010 | 2002 Oldsmobile Alero

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Have a 96 Olds Acheiva. It starts and runs for about a second then quits. It will only start when the gas pedal is half way pressed. Any other position and it will not start at all. Is this the fuel...


If the security light is blinking, the car thinks its being stolen and has engaged the antitheft, passlock system. All you have to do is leave the key in the ignition, in the on position for about 30 mins... this will reset the passlock system, then your car will start.

Aug 19, 2010 | 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva

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Car wont start reads pass key fault


Passlock I reset.

1. Attempt to start the car, let it stall, but DO NOT turn the key off! Leave it in RUN.
2. Wait 10 minutes or until the Theft Sys light glows steady instead of blinking.
3. Do not turn the key off, but start it immediately.
4. This should reset your Passlock system.




PASSLOCK I or II DISABLEMENT

The following is a procedure to disable Passlock I or II Systems for vehicles
in which remote start/stop system installations are required. This procedure
is required because a remote start system will not function with the current
Theft Deterrent System (Passlock) which is included on many 1996 and up GM
vehicles.

Please note that this modification is intended to be used only in conjunction
with the installation of a remote start/stop system and does not provide a
procedure to install a remote start/stop system.

CAUSE
If an attempt is made to start a vehicle by a means other than a key rotation
in the ignition switch, the Body Control Module (BCM) will interpret this
start as a vehicle theft and disable the fuel injectors.

CORRECTION
A minor wiring modification may be made to allow the vehicle to be started
remotely. This modification includes adding a switch to allow the customer to
select ?ON? to allow remote starting or ?OFF? for normal Passlock operation.

CAUTION: When this modification is performed and the switch is set to the ON
position, the theft deterrent feature will be disabled. When the theft
deterrent is disabled the SECURITY/THEFT SYSTEM telltale will light up
indicating that the theft deterrent system is NOT functioning.

PASSLOCK MODIFICATION
Refer to appropriate GM service manuals and/or SVMQP Electrical Guideline
Manual for instruction on splicing and electrical connections.
1. Select a suitable on-off switch (see note below) which will be used to
disable/
enable the Passlock System. Mount the switch in a location such that it is
accessible to the driver and will not interfere with normal vehicle operation.


NOTE: This is an extremely low current circuit (approx. 7mA), it is therefore
very important that a high quality, low energy, fast acting switch be
utilized for this application.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
3. Locate the Main Ignition Switch Harness in the Column. GM's Passlock
System wires exit the Ignition Switch Tumbler together and then join with the
Main Ignition Switch Harness. (See http://www.bulldogsecurity.com/ or
http://64.85.6.118/diagrams/diagrams.asp and select your Make, Model and
Year for wire colors and clues on the quickest way to access these wires.)
4. Locate the Yellow Passlock Data Wire which is included in a bundle of
three tiny (20 GA) wires wrapped in friction tape.
Cut this wire and splice a 0.5mm2 (20 GA) yellow wire to each end of the cut
wire.
Keep wire length to a minimum. Route modification wires clear of moving parts.


Connect the yellow wires to the switch such that the contacts are OPEN when
the switch is in the ON position.
5. Turn modification switch to the OFF postion (contacts closed).
6. Start vehicle to verify normal operation. If engine ?cranks but will not
start"
recheck the switch position (contacts should be closed), wire connectors and
modification wiring.

SWITCH OPERATION

To enable remote start:
Start the engine with the ignition key (modification switch must be in the
OFF
position). Turn modification switch to the ON position (contacts open). The
SECURITY/THEFT SYSTEM Telltale will light up indicating that the Passlock
System is inoperative.
Once the SECURITY/THEFT SYSTEM telltale has been on for at least 5 seconds
the vehicle can be turned off and then remotely started.

To disable remote start:
The Passlock System can be reactivated by turning the modification switch OFF
(contacts closed). Vehicle can either be running or off when this is done.

Please note that the VCM/PCM will record Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)
related to the security system when the modification switch is in the ON
position (circuit open). This is due to the way that the VCM/PCM interprets
this condition.

NOTICE
Any condition which removes battery power from the Vehicle Control
Module/Powertrain Control Module (VCM/PCM) (e.g. dead battery, disconnected
harness connectors, etc.) will prevent the vehicle from being restarted. If
the engine exhibits a ?cranks but will not start? symptom, place the
modification switch in the OFF (contacts closed) position. This will
reactivate the Passlock System and allow the vehicle to be started with the
ignition key




Dec 12, 2009 | 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

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What causes the security light to start flashing and disable the starter? have to wait with the key on, and it is becoming a real hassle


Hello! Unfortunately, you are experiencing a common issue with many Grand Am owners. The problem is that you have a defective PassLock sensor. When the sensor doesn't "close" when you turn the ignition, it detects a fault and will not start. If you leave the ignition in the "On" position for 10 minutes, it will reset and allow you to start the vehicle. The ignition cylinder contains the sensor, and this part is roughly $400 and not particularly easy to replace.
There are however, bypass methods available that will disable the PassLock feature entirely. I have included a link to the instructions here.
NOTE: Be aware that some of the bypass options will disable your PassLock anti theft system ENTIRELY. I recommend utilizing one of the options that explicitly states that your system will be fully operational after modification (toggle switch method, for instance)

Hope this helps and good luck! Thanks for using FixYa!

Oct 01, 2009 | 2003 Pontiac Grand Am

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2006 chevy colorado passlock comes on and stays on, truck won't start for 10+ min. Can I disable this feature?


No, it can not be disabled.
The theft system is indicating a short term theft issue.
Have you added any "after market" remote start systems or alarms?
If NO.
Insert the key in the ignition, turn the key to run position ( do not start ) and leave it in that position for 10 minutes. Cycle the key to LOCK position, count to 10, then turn the key back to run position and leave on for 10 more minutes. After the 10 minutes is up, repeat the procedure (1) more time and the security system will relearn the PASS code.
Give it a try and let me know.
Regards,

Mar 23, 2009 | 2006 Chevrolet Colorado

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