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CTS_V won't start. Steering wheel locked

CTS_V won't start. Steering wheel locked up--extra keys don't work either. I believe the security system is locked up....how do I reset it if this is the issue?

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  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    will not start with key or keyless quite often. If steering wheel angle is changed it will start

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    will not start with key or keyless. If steering wheel tilt is changed it will start.

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Typicaly the security system won't look up the steering wheel, try putting the keys back in and at the same time you try to start the car, shake the wheel back and forth. If this don't cure your problem, and you still feel that this is a security problem , you can try to reset it. The most common way that I know of to reset on a GM product is to turn the keyto the on postion and leave it there for 15 min then shut back off, due this three times, then try to start the car.

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