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Car starts and dies in 3 seconds

I have a 2002 grand am. driving home and the fuel gauge and all other gauges died and A/C didn't work...but the car still worked and so did my turn signals. Stopped at a store before getting home and car will now start for about 3 seconds and then die. there isn't enough time for me to see if the gauges are now working or to try to pump the gas. any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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  • smiley_steph May 22, 2009

    I shall try that. I don't have a theft system. Could it also have been caused by jumping someone else's batter the day before? Could something be loose? I appreciate the input. I need to wait until I get a ride back to my car this evening, so I'll let you know if that works!!!

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Try unhooking the battery for about 3-5minutes. I have a 2001 malibu that does the same thing. When you hook up the battery and turn the key forward you should see the gauges return to normal before you try to crank the engine. It may also be the theft system. To reset that you have to turn the key forward for 10 minutes and then shut it off for 10 seconds. Then try again to start the car. It may take up to 3 attempts at this. Which means sitting in the parking lot for over a half hour. Been there done that. GM sucks.

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  • Greg Brantner May 25, 2009

    The Passlock system that GM uses is a passive theft system. You should either see theft system on the dash or passlock when you turn the key forward. When it fails it thinks your trying to steal the car. This can happen when your ignition starts to go bad. It thinks the key your using is the wrong one.

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