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Turns over won't start, anti-theft system malibu 2002

I have the same problem as many in this thread, I wasted money on other problems that weren't a problem. Thanks to those that said to wait 10 mins w/ key on, that got me started, however, is this going to happen again (I think I've had it twice now, I accidentally fixed it when disconnecting battery first time)?? How do you fix this anti-theft problem permanently? I can't handle waiting 10 mins every time an anti-theft bug decides I don't have the right to drive my own car! Has Chevy ever acknowledged the problem and produced any kind of recall? Thanks for any help!! Sincerely, Afraid to drive a Chevy.

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A more likely problem is the Passlock II sensor in the ignition key cylinder. I have a 2002 Malibu that had the same problem; it was fixed when I replaced this sensor.

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Your problem is the ((body control module)) , and its location is behind the glove box. to make sure this is your bad part you have to disconect the negative battery and then unplug the ((bcm)) connectors and push them back in again .. conect the battery aagain and start your car,, if it happens again in the near future you are gonna have to change the bcm module and programm it by the dealer

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