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What does it mean when car says; starter disabled, service theft system.

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The anti - theft system has a problem so it disabled the starter !

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2003 cadillac cts turn key on and a message comes up that says starter disabled remove key what does this mean and how to repair , thanks

Refer to Theft Systems Description and Operation in Theft Deterrent

The radio illuminates the STARTING DISABLED REMOVE KEY message when the VTD system has disabled the starting system. The radio receives a message from the theft deterrent control module via the serial data circuit requesting illumination.

Your best bet have it towed to a qualified repair shop .
The vehicle theft deterrent (VTD) system functions are provided by the theft deterrent control module. When an ignition key is inserted into the ignition lock cylinder and the ignition is switched ON, the transponder embedded in the head of the key is energized by the exciter coils surrounding the ignition lock cylinder. The energized transponder transmits a signal that contains its unique value, which is received by the theft deterrent control module. The theft deterrent control module then compares this value to a value stored in memory, learned key code. If the value is correct the theft deterrent control module sends a random generated number to the transponder, this is called a challenge. Both the transponder and the theft deterrent control module perform a calculation on the challenge, if the calculations match the theft deterrent control module sends the fuel continue password via the serial data circuit to the Engine control module (ECM). If either the transponders unique value or the calculation to the challenge is incorrect the theft deterrent control module will send the fuel disable password to the ECM via the serial data circuit. The components of the VTD system are as follows:
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What does it mean when a 2004cadillac Deville says; starter disabled, service theft system.after key is programed?

It means you need to have it towed to the dealer , or have a mobile lock smith come to your vehicle .

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ETC - has nothing to do with locking out or disabling the starter ! Anti-theft systems can and will disable starter.

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No where in the DTC - description does it say anything about replacing any modules . An does not have anything to do with a communication problem ! You need a professional grade scan tool to communicate with the PATS system ! An if you don't know these thing's you better take it to pro !!!!!!!
P1260 - Theft Detected - Vehicle Immobilized Indicates that the passive anti-theft system (PATS) has determined a theft condition existed and the engine is disabled. This DTC is a good indicator to check the PATS for DTCs.
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2003 Saturn Vue with a identity anti theft system. Replaced my battery a few months ago. Couple weeks ago noticed a little difficulty starting up. Last week wouldn't start just clicking noise. Jumped...

Anti-theft system has nothing to do with it . Battery cables , maybe , Park neutral safety switch possibly ! With anti-theft system problem you wouldn't a click or anything , that is if the anti-theft disables fuel or the starter . Plus the SECURITY light would be on if it were a anti-theft system problem . Your best bet , take it to a qualified repair shop that knows how to do starter circuit testing >
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How to voltage drop test starter motor circuit

And what's this identity anti theft system ? No such thing ! The vehicle has a content theft an vehicle theft deterrent system !
This system disables fuel not cranking of the engine. The VCM/PCM will not disable the fuel due to any BCM message for the remainder of the ignition cycle.
If the VCM/PCM does not receive the same password from the BCM as the last learned one, the vehicle will start and then stalls due to the Fuel Lockout.

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My 1994 eldorado wont start the car turns on and the lights go on and it just goes click click. I tried jumping it and it still wouldnt start. Does that mean I need a new starter?

These cars did have problems with the antitheft system. When this system fails, the car "thinks" it is at risk for theft, and disables the starter. I would look into this before you change the starter. This link explains.

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Well i have a 93 and the anti theft works by monitoring your hood, doors, trunk and ignition through various types of sensors. Has the ability to turn on horn, hazards, disable the starter. Sorry don't know what you mean by the latch that is connected will not budge. Do you mean the door handle? Ok the handle will not budge! Do not think that that is an anti theft system problem. I heard of the doors locking you might try a key. But on the 93's not even. So I think you have another problem. Good luck and thanks

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There are 2 thin wires in the starting switch one of them might be broken i am 100% shure. Solution.....? change ignition switch.

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I have a service manual. I suppose you are talking about the anti-theft system. It says that if there is power going to the starter when you try and start that the anti-theft system is ok and that means that it is allow the car to start. If there is not power to the starter then your anti-theft system is stopping the car from starting for some reason.

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