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97 olds aurora wont start

Changed ignition tumbler, security light flashes, clean key wait 3 min comes on message board. What next

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  • tmack1968 Mar 05, 2009

    We have a coded key-but we got the tumbler from Oreilly's. New key has alreadt been coded. And it is a clean key what to do know won't go past three minutes to reset security.

  • tmack1968 Mar 05, 2009

    ok thank you. it is a parts store.



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Did you get the tumbler from the dealer because some have coded keys

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  • jbcross Mar 05, 2009

    try checking in the manual for any tips or steps,or try contacting a local gm dealer and see what they suggest. Sorry I couldn't be more help. Is Oreilly's a dealer or jobber parts store?

  • jbcross Mar 07, 2009

    It might be that the tumbler from the parts store won't work with the coded key or something like that



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