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1997 Buick Skylark sometimes wont start

Sometimes it wont start/stay running and the THEFT SYSTEM LIGHT flashes. Then after a while it starts right up.

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Your car's alarm might have bad wiring or connectors. You could try cleaning & reconnecting them. Or use a multimeter to see if you can find connectivity issues.

If the alarm itself might be the culprit, having a garage remove/disconnecting it is the cheapest solution (less than a $100), having it replaced could be really expensive ...

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