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Ignition and key problems...

I recently changed the steering column in my 97 buick lesabre, and the key that came with the steering column that i got from the junkyard wont crank my car up... i also have an after market alarm on my car but i dont know if that has anything to do with the new key not workin for my car... would i have to get my car rekeyed or what???

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  • gerard_wilki May 14, 2009

    so what do i have to do to fix the problem, how would i be able to use the old key with the new column?

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You have to use the lock cylinder and key from the original column, the keys have a small piece or resistive wire that the sensor in the column reads and if the wrong resistance value is read then the starter or fuel pump are locked out, your car came with a factory security system so don't know why another was added, but the reason above is the problem.

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The chip(pellet in the blade of your key) values are different. You need to multimeter your old key chip to find out what the original vat value is and have the new key cut on that value. Vonfrankln@aol.com LOCKED OUT*LOST KEYS

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