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What does it mean when a 2004cadillac Deville says; starter disabled, service theft system.after key is programed?

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Well usually it means the vats system is not reading your key.If you programmed the key you need to program all the keys you want to work of it will only recognize the last key programmed. you can try to reprogram the key or keys again, make sure you have the correct Vats key for your vehicle. and be sure you complete the steps and hear the horn toot. your local dealer has a key reader that can confirm that you have the correct key blank.

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Key bad or programmed wrong and vehicle is shut down anti-theft enabled

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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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Will not start saying starter disable


ITS DUE BECAUSE OF THE THEFT SYSTEM IS ON THE FRIZ.YOU HAVE A CHIP IN YOU KEY THATS NOT READING RIGHT ,TRY ANOTHER KEY IF YOU HAVE ONE.

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How do u disable a 94 cadillac deville anti theft system


U can bypass it (called the VATS system) but not fully disable it, what is done mimics the key code to fool the VATS module into sending a OK to start signal to the fuel injection computer (called the ECM). go to the web link below for instructions on the bypass.

http://vats.likeabigdog.com/

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Won't start, message displayed says - Starter disabled.


Anti-theft system activated. Possible bad anti theft module to bad key(has a micro chip in it), to bad ECM (cars main computer)
Dealer repair due to reprogramming needed for anti -theft system

Jul 17, 2009 | 1999 Cadillac DeVille

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I think its my starter or fuel pump, but not sure.


If your security light is on it may be your key that's preventing the car from starting. It's programmed with a code to prevent theft (Pass II theft deterrant system or something like that). So either the key is screwed up or the module that reads it is screwed up - either way it will disable your ignition.

Mar 25, 2009 | 1999 Cadillac DeVille

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Is there any way eliminate the anti-theft system on my 1999 windstar cause mine is malfunctioning and not allowing it to run (start). How many parts and connectors make up the system,anyways?


Anti-Theft —Passive The passive anti-theft system (PATS) contains the following components:

  • theft indicator
  • encoded ignition key
  • transceiver module
  • instrument cluster
  • powertrain control module (PCM)
  • standard corporate protocol (SCP) communication network
  • starter relay
The PATS uses radio frequency identification technology to deter a driveaway theft. Passive means that it does not require any activity from the user. This system is known as SecuriLock® in North America, Safeguard® in the U.K. and PATS in continental Europe. This information can be found in customer literature such as the Owners Guide.
The PATS uses a specially encoded ignition key. Each encoded ignition key contains a permanently installed electronic device called a transponder. Each transponder contains a unique electronic identification code, with over 72 million billion combinations.
Each encoded ignition key must be programmed into the vehicle's instrument cluster before it can be used to start the engine. There are special diagnostic procedures outlined in the manual that must be performed if the encoded ignition keys need to be replaced.
The encoded key is larger than a traditional ignition key. The key does not require batteries and should last the life of the vehicle.
The transceiver module communicates with the encoded ignition key. This module is located behind the steering column shroud and contains an antenna connected to a small electronics module. During each vehicle start sequence, the transceiver module reads the encoded ignition key identification code and sends the data to the instrument cluster.
The control functions are contained in the instrument cluster. This module performs all of the PATS functions such as receiving the identification code from the encoded ignition key and controlling the engine enable. The instrument cluster initiates the key interrogation sequence when the vehicle ignition switch is turned to RUN or START.
The PATS uses the PCM to enable or disable the engine. The instrument cluster communicates with the PCM over the SCP communication network in order to enable engine operation. The instrument cluster and the PCM use sophisticated messages in order to prevent a theft. The instrument cluster and the PCM share security data when first installed together that makes them a matched pair. After this security data sharing, these modules will not function in other vehicles. The shared PCM ID is remembered even if the battery is disconnected. The instrument cluster also stores the vehicle's key identification code even if the battery is disconnected. There are special diagnostic procedures outlined in this workshop manual that may be performed if either the instrument cluster or the PCM needs replacement.
All elements of PATS must be functional before the engine is allowed to start. If any of the components are not working properly, the vehicle will not start.
PATS uses a visual theft indicator. This indicator will prove out for three seconds when the ignition switch is turned to RUN or START under normal operation. If there is a PATS problem, this indicator will either flash rapidly or glow steadily (for more than three seconds) when the ignition switch is turned to RUN or START. PATS also "blips" the theft indicator every two seconds at ignition OFF to act as a visual theft deterrent.
PATS differs from perimeter anti-theft systems in that PATS enables and disables the engine from starting. If equipped, the perimeter anti-theft system protects the perimeter of the vehicle (doors, hood and trunk) and sounds an alarm.
PATS also disables the starter motor in addition to the PCM disabling the engine. When PATS disables the vehicle, it will neither crank nor start. If the instrument cluster is removed from the vehicle, the engine will not crank.
The starter relay is used as an additional means of disabling the vehicle engine. The starter relay is disabled when the PATS cannot read a valid encoded ignition key at ignition ON. The PATS will not store a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) or flash the theft indicator if a valid encoded ignition key is read but a fault occurs in the starter relay circuit.
The PATS is not compatible with after market remote start system, which allow the vehicle to be started from outside the vehicle. These systems may reduce the vehicle security level, and also may cause no-start issues. Remote start systems must be removed before investigation of PATS-related no start issues.

Mar 06, 2009 | 1999 Ford Windstar

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Car wont start


as long as security theft system is on, car wont start.

don't you have the remote key to disable the theft system?

you can bypass security but you have to have wiring experience and splicing before you can proceed.

tnx 4 using fixya,

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Oct 14, 2008 | 2000 Cadillac DeVille

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Starter disabled due to theft system


the wire that goes to the ignition to the anti theft device is probably broken if you call a good locksmith they can go in through the steering column and fix it same thing happened to my 95 eldorado apparently cadillac designed the anti theft system to coincide with the ignition and is connected to the ignition with two wires that turn as the key is turned the wires twist and eventually they wear out

Jul 11, 2008 | 1995 Cadillac Eldorado

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