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Does the 96 grand am key have a chip

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Its built into the key

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The New Key you are using is a duplicate?
The Original Key has a Security Chip in it.
Take the broken head of the original Key and tape it to the steering column right near the ignition cylinder. Now use the New Key and restart the vehicle. It should now stay running.
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This Security Chip sends a signal to the ignition sensor allowing the vehicle to continuously run.

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