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I have a 2001 Olsmobile Alero that will not crank. The key will turn and it tries to crank but it will not. I have had someone look at it, but so far they have not found the problem. Can a passlock sensor in the ignition lock cyliner fail causing the car not to start at all?

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Yes it can, but when you say that it "tries" to crank then I feel suspicious. By the way, there is a detailed write-up on passlock here: http://newrockies.ca . The guy is great, this was the only way I was able to save my Park Avenue.

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