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I have a 1997 camaro rs with a v6. Without warning it suddenly would not start. Battery checks out good, no signal to the starter. The security light flashes instead of going out like it use to. I have tried to access the diagnostic mode by removing the #17 radio fuse and switching the ignition to the accessory position as prescribed by Mitchell On Demand. I am assuming that would be the same way the factory accesses the diagnostic mode. However, it system never chimes like it says it should and the security light never comes on. Is the body control module gone? Or could it be just the key. I have tried cleaning the contacts inside the ignition and those look clean. I am going to just try the key to start with. I need another one anyway. Plus, it's the cheapest option right now. Unless the access to the diagnostics is not correct in Mitchell On Demand I'm afraid the BCM may be gone.

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    Does your key have a chip in it?

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Hi, check your battery connection. I have seen too many cars not start with a good battery due to a loose or corroded battery connection. Just take the old battery connection off the positive post of the battery, bring to Wallmart or auto part store, have them match the one you have, clean battery post with a scouring pad or sandpaper, install new connection to the post first, then connect the wires to the new connection and most important, tighten the bolts for the wires and the post really tight!!! If you can't remove the wire from the connection that connects to the battery post, clean the post with the connector off really well with a $3-$5 battery post cleaner available at any auto part store. If it is a side mounted battery post, make sure to clean all the crevices inside the terminal. Side mounted post battery's are harder to see corrosion because the post is not out, like a top mount battery, but inside the battery.

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