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Cant turn the key to start vehicle

My mom used the key to unlock the door, now my theft light is blinking and i cant turn the key to start the vehicle. please help... have to go to work in 3 hours...

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Try disconnecting battery for a couple of minuets. negative cable only. this may reset the computer. if that doesn't work you maybe looking at replacing the ignition switch.

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This problem must be handled by the dealership. The PAT's system is on and the only way to turn it off now is with the dealership computer through the OBDII diagnostic link.

The PATs system is detecting your key as the wrong key. You may have to have a new key programed for the car if the key was damaged.

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