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I HAVE A 2000 CHEVY MALIBU, WHEN I TRY TO START IT SOMETIMES THE THEFT SYSTEM LIGHT COMES ON AND THE CAR WON'T START FOR 10 MINUTES UNTIL THE LIGHT QUITS FLASHING. IS THERE ANYWAY TO ADJUST THE TIME TO FLASH FOR LESS THAN 10MIN OR TO DISCONNECT IT COMPLETELY?

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No, but I can tell you how to reset theft system. turn key on engine off for about 15 min, after 15 min, turn off for about 15 seconds, then try and start car. if not running repeat reset.

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