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Does the 1998 saturn have the passlock ignition system?

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The security, antitheft or lock picture/icon is a visual indication that something in the car's antitheft system is failing. In most GM cars and trucks there is a hidden system that most people are unaware even exists. From the moment you put your key in the ignition, there begins a constant line of communication between your key's security chip or transponder, to the ignition's lock cylinder, and then to the car's TDM (Theft Deterrent Module). These 3 parts are in CONSTANT communication. If the key is in the ignition, then these parts are sending signals to each other. The security light illuminates when that signal gets broken, even just for a second. When the signal breaks, the car misinterprets this as an attempt at theft and goes into antitheft mode. The car thinks its being stolen or hotwired because it is not getting that signal from YOUR specific key. This is why the security light turns on and shuts down your vehicle. This link explains it pretty well.
http://www.diy-gm-security.com/ NEWROCKIES inc

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SOURCE: 2007 Saturn Vue passlock problem

Take it back to the Saturn Dealer, it is still under warranty.

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SOURCE: 2002 Saturn S-series Passlock needs to be reset

Try this first, it takes about 30 min to do. 30-Minute Learn Procedure 1. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF. 2. Attempt to start the engine, then release the key to ON; the vehicle will not start. 3. Observe the SECURITY tell tale light. After approximately 10 minutes, the light will turn OFF. 4. Turn OFF the ignition switch, and wait 5 seconds. 5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 - two more times - for a total of 3 cycles of 10 minutes. 3x10 = 30 minutes. The vehicle is now ready to relearn the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or passwords on the next ignition switch turn from OFF to CRANK Important: Turn the Ignition Switch OFF. The vehicle learns the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or password on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK. You must turn the ignition OFF before attempting to start the vehicle. 6. Start the engine. The vehicle has now learned the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or password. 7. With a scan tool, clear any DTCs if needed. History DTCs will self clear after 100 ignition cycles. Without a scan tool you may have momentary starter interruptions while history clears itself. Good luck and hope this helps, keep me posted, be glad to help 

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SOURCE: need to bypass the passlock system on my 2001 saturn sl2

well easiest way is to tape the old key near the ignition

without key you need to essentially re wire the ignition and under the hood arround the computer controlls and power supply

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SOURCE: passlock lite flashes, won't let engine stay on

There is a detailed write-up on passlock here: http://newrockies.ca . The guy is great, this was the only way I was able to save my Park Avenue.

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SOURCE: fuse box diagram for 1998 saturn sl

There is an interior fuse panel just to the left of the passenger's left knee. The cover It is held on by velcro. After you take off the cover, you will see a diagram on the inside of the cover telling you which fuse is for what. This is covered in your manual, which is in the glovebox. If you do not have a manual you can get one off ebay for a few bucks.

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Does the 1998 Saturn SW have the passlock ignition?


Yes it does.

The security, antitheft or lock picture/icon is a visual indication that something in the car's antitheft system is failing. In most GM cars and trucks there is a hidden system that most people are unaware even exists. From the moment you put your key in the ignition, there begins a constant line of communication between your key's security chip or transponder, to the ignition's lock cylinder, and then to the car's TDM (Theft Deterrent Module). These 3 parts are in CONSTANT communication. If the key is in the ignition, then these parts are sending signals to each other. The security light illuminates when that signal gets broken, even just for a second. When the signal breaks, the car misinterprets this as an attempt at theft and goes into antitheft mode. The car thinks its being stolen or hotwired because it is not getting that signal from YOUR specific key. This is why the security light turns on and shuts down your vehicle. This link explains it pretty well.
http://www.diy-gm-security.com/
http://newrockies.com/

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Passlock security


The 2000 saturn runs the passlock system. Unlike VATS its predecesser, this system is much harder to bypass. The old "resister" trick that many people still do, does not apply for this system. So lets start at the basics. The security light flashing indicates 1 of 3 things. The problem in your passlock is either in the KEY, IGNITION LOCK CYLINDER, or WIRING before the Theft Deterrent Module (computer). This means you could replace the key or the ignition (whichever is to blame) and you might be ok. You would have to reprogram the key to the ignition. The other option is to bypass it. Unfortunately that costs money also, but honestly no more than a new transponder key and far less than a Lock Cylinder. Just trying to give you all the options. Here is a link that explains the SECURITY problem rather well and gives some good tricks and options for fixing this yourself permanently

http://vatspasslockpasskeysecurityhelp.yolasite.com/

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I have a 2001 saturn sc1 (3) door i need a new ignition and key anyone know where i can get one asap autozone said they dont have them and cant even order them please help


SATURN DEALERSHIP HAS NEW IGNITION SWITCH OR KEYS. MOST AUTO PARTS STORES DONT SALE KEYS AND IGNITION SWITCH FOR NEWER VECHICLES THAT HAS THE PASSLOCK IGNITION SYSTEM.

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2002 Saturn L200. Dealer told me I needed to replace the PCM and the passlock module. $800.00. Is there a way to bypass the passlock B.S. Please help car is not reliable. Have children.


no the power control module runs the whole car and the pass lock you maybe can do without it controls the security systems but the pcm is the brain of the car

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Need to bypass the passlock system on my 2001 saturn sl2


well easiest way is to tape the old key near the ignition

without key you need to essentially re wire the ignition and under the hood arround the computer controlls and power supply

Jan 06, 2010 | 2000 Saturn SL

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Passlock lite flashes, won't let engine stay on


There is a detailed write-up on passlock here: http://newrockies.ca . The guy is great, this was the only way I was able to save my Park Avenue.

Jun 24, 2009 | 2007 Saturn VUE FWD 4

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I have 1998 Saturn Sc2, and the problem is that when i turn my ignition on and try to crank it up, it says nothing at all, but the lights in the instrument panel light up every time though.


coul poss. have a bad starter, check batt and cable connections for corrosion. 98 does not have a passlock security system installed, but if it has keyless entry the keyless entry module could cause a no crank issue. the only way to find out is to check for voltage on the purple wire at the starter when key is turned to the crank position. if you have power the starter is bad. if you do not have power there is something else causing the no crank issue.

Jan 20, 2009 | 1998 Saturn SC

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2007 Saturn Vue passlock problem


Take it back to the Saturn Dealer, it is still under warranty.

Jun 29, 2008 | 2007 Saturn VUE FWD 4

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