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Service immobilizer light is on an car wont start. It's a 2004 Pacifica


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DESCRIPTION

VEHICLE THEFT SECURITY SYSTEM

The Vehicle Theft Security System (VTSS) is designed to protect against whole vehicle theft. The system monitors vehicle doors, and ignition action for unauthorized operation.
The alarm activates:
  • Sounding of the horn
  • Flashing of the headlamps/park/tail lamps
  • An engine kill feature (with SKIS)

SENTRY KEY IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM

The Sentry Key Immobilizer System (SKIS) is designed to provide passive protection against unauthorized vehicle use by disabling the engine, after two (2) seconds of running, whenever an invalid key is used to start the vehicle. The SKIS is active whenever the ignition is on and does not require any customer intervention. The primary components of the system are the Sentry Key Remote Entry Module (SKREEM), Sentry Key (ignition key with a transponder molded into the head), indicator light, Body Control Module (BCM), and the Next Generation Controller (NGC). The SKREEM is mounted on the ignition switch/lock cylinder assembly with the molded, integral antenna mounted around the ignition housing. The indicator light, is located instrument panel switch pod, just to the right of the instrument cluster.
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OPERATION

VEHICLE THEFT SECURITY SYSTEM

Upon failure of proper SKREEM communication to the Next Generation Controller (NGC), the NGC will shut off fuel after two seconds of run time. The engine will not re-crank on the key cycle that the failure occurred, a full key down sequence must be performed for the engine to crank again. After six consecutive fuel shut-offs, the engine will no longer crank on subsequent key cycles. The failure must be corrected and a valid communication process between the SKREEM and the NGC must occur for the engine to crank and start again.
The electronics for the VTSS are part of the Body Control Module (BCM). The system is armed when the vehicle is locked using the:
  • Power door lock switches (with any door ajar)
  • Remote Keyless Entry transmitter.
  • Door Cylinder Lock Switches.
For vehicles equipped with SKIS, the doors do not have to be locked to enable the fuel shut off feature.
After the vehicle is locked and the last door is closed, the set LED indicator in the instrument panel switch pod will flash quickly for 16 seconds, indicating that arming is in progress. If no monitored systems are activated during this period, the system will arm and the LED will flash at a .5 Hertz (Hz) rate. If the liftgate is open, the LED will change its flash rate.
This indicates that the system is armed. If fault is detected on the driver key cylinder input, the indicator LED will remain solid during the arming process, although the system will still arm. If the indicator LED does not illuminate at all upon door closing it indicates that the system is not arming.
Passive disarming occurs upon normal vehicle entry by unlocking either door with the ignition key/remote transmitter. This disarming will also halt the alarm once it has been activated.
A tamper alert exists to notify the driver that the VTSS had been activated. This alert consists of 3 horn pulses when the vehicle is disarmed.
NOTE: The VTSS will not arm by pushing down the door lock mechanism. This will manually override the system.
For Door Cylinder Lock Switch service, (Refer to 8 - ELECTRICAL/POWER LOCKS/DOOR CYLINDER LOCK/UNLOCK SWITCH - REMOVAL).
If the VTSS is triggered, the horn will pulse, headlamps/marker lamps will flash, and the VTSS warning lamp will flash. If BCM determines the threat to be false and the VTSS is not triggered again, the system will shut down and rearm itself after three minutes. If a trigger is still active, the alarm will continue for an additional 15 minutes without the horn. The VTSS monitors the passenger compartment.
NOTE: System will not arm if passenger compartment is not secure.

ARMING THE VTSS - METHOD A

  1. With the key removed from the ignition lock and any door open (excluding liftgate), actuate one of the following:
  • Power door lock button to LOCK,
  • Key fob LOCK button
  • Driver door lock key cylinder to locked position.
  • Close all opened doors. Liftgate can remain open.
  • After the last door is closed, an arming time-out period of sixteen seconds will start, then the VTSS will become armed.

    ARMING THE VTSS - METHOD B

    Actuating the key fob transmitter LOCK button, key locking the front doors with the doors closed and the ignition locked will begin the arming time-out period. If method A, 16 second time-out sequence was in process when method B was actuated, the 16 second time-out will restart from the time of the second actuation.
    If the security lamp does not illuminate at all upon final door closure, it indicates that the system is not arming.
    The current VTSS status armed or disarmed shall be maintained in memory to prevent battery disconnects from disarming the system.

    TRIGGERING THE VTSS

    After the VTSS is armed, the following actions will trigger the alarm:
    • Opening any door (excluding liftgate).
    • Turning the ignition to the RUN position.
  • NOTE: When the VTSS is ARMED, the interior power door lock switch ?UNLOCK? will be disabled until the vehicle is disarmed.
    CAUTION: The VTSS indicator LED will trigger and engine will continue to run if the vehicle is equipped with SKIS and the proper key is used to start the vehicle. This condition will occur if the VTSS has been triggered. If valid key is used, VTSS will disarm.

    CENTRAL LOCKING/UNLOCKING

    This vehicle theft security system feature allows you lock all the doors with the key by using the drivers door lock cylinder.
    All vehicle doors and liftgate are locked with the first turn of the key to the LOCK position from the drivers door. A double activation feature of central unlocking requires you to turn the key in the door lock cylinder to the unlock position two times within two seconds to UNLOCK all vehicle doors at once.
    The first turn of the key in the door lock cylinder will disarm the system (the driver door cylinder lock switch connected to the back of the driver door lock cylinder) and unlock your drivers door. The second actuation within two seconds will then unlock all doors and the liftgate.

    SENTRY KEY IMMOBILIZER SYSTEM

    The SKIS includes keys from the factory which are pre-programmed. Each SKIM will recognize a maximum of eight Sentry Keys. If the customer would like to own additional keys other than those provided with the vehicle, they can be purchased from any authorized dealer. These keys must be programmed to the SKREEM on the vehicle in order for the system to recognize them as valid keys. This can be done by the dealer with a DRB III® scan tool or by a customer if this feature is available in their market and they have two (2) valid keys already available to them. The SKIS performs a self-test each time the ignition switch is turned to the ON position and will store Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC's) if a system malfunction is detected. The SKIS can be diagnosed and any stored DTC's can be retrieved using a DRB III® scan tool as described in the appropriate Body Diagnostic Procedures manual.
    With the light being on there is a code stored in the computer that controls anti-theft , Your best bet would be to take your vehicle to the dealer !




    Aug 20, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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    How do you turn off an alarm for a 2005 Saturn Ion


    Disarming an Armed System/Silencing an Alarm
    If system arming has been requested by the keyless entry transmitter, it must be disarmed.
    Important: Using the power door unlock switch or manually unlocking the doors does not disable the CTD armed mode. Also, disconnecting the battery or pulling fuses does not disable the armed mode, since the BCM stores the CTD mode status in memory.
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    To disarm the CTD system in arm pending mode, SECURITY indicator flashing and doors open, perform 1 of the following:


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    Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter.


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    Insert a valid key into the ignition and start the vehicle.


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    To disarm the CTD system in the armed mode:


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    Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter.


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    Insert a valid key into the ignition and start the vehicle.


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    To disarm the CTD system when activated, alarming mode.


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    Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter.


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    Insert a valid key into the ignition and start the vehicle.

    Jun 24, 2016 | 2005 Saturn ION

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    How do you reset the alarm system on a 98 olds silhouette after it triggers without the remote entry


    Theft Deterrent Arm/Disarm Modes
    Important: Although mode 2 provides increased security, the content theft deterrent system disarms only by pressing unlock on the keyless entry transmitter. This can pose a problem if the keyless entry transmitter is damaged, lost, or inoperative for any reason while you attempt to disarm the content theft deterrent system.
    Mode 1: The system arms when you lock the doors with the keyless entry transmitter. The system disarms when you unlock the left front, right front, or liftgate door with the key or the keyless entry transmitter. The system does not arm when you lock the doors with a power door lock switch.

    Mode 2: The system arms when you lock the doors with the keyless entry transmitter. The system disarms when you unlock the doors with the keyless entry transmitter. The system does not disarm when you unlock the doors with the key.

    Mode 3: The system arms when you lock the doors using a power door lock switch or the keyless entry transmitter. The system disarms when you unlock the left front, right front, or liftgate door with the key or the keyless entry transmitter.
    Changing the Feature Customization Modes
    1. Turn off the IP dimmer switch.
    2. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position.
    3. Remove the BCM PRGRM fuse.
    4. Turn the ignition switch to the ACC position. The BCM flashes the fasten belts indicator and sounds the chime 4 times, which indicates that BCM type 4 is installed on the vehicle. At this point, the BCM has entered the feature customization mode.
    5. In order to change the theft deterrent/shock sensor mode, turn the headlamp switch from OFF to PARK and back to OFF.
    6. The BCM flashes the fasten belts indicator and sounds the chime a number of times equivalent to the theft deterrent/shock sensor mode. A transition past mode 4 repeats the sequence starting with mode 1.
    7. Complete the following steps in order to change the theft deterrent arm/disarm mode:
    6.1.
    Insert the key in the left front, right front, or liftgate door lock cylinder.


    6.2.
    Rotate the key from the center to the unlock position.


    6.3.
    Press the horn button on the remote keyless entry transmitter.


    6.4.
    Count the number of chimes that you hear. The number of chimes tells you which mode you have set.


    6.5.
    Press the horn button again in order to change the mode. Continue to press the button until you hear the number of chimes that indicates the mode that you want.


    6.6.
    Turn the key back to the center position and remove the key from the door key cylinder.

    In order to exit and save the current feature customization modes use the following procedure:

    1. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position.
    2. Reinstall the BCM PRGRM fuse.
    If you are unable to change locking modes Theft Deterrent System Feature Customization Inoperative

    Aug 25, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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    How to take automate car alarm off silent mode


    {: ) When armed, the content theft deterrent (CTD) system is designed to deter vehicle content theft by pulsing the horns and exterior lamps for approximately 30 seconds when an unauthorized vehicle entry is detected.

    An unauthorized entry can be any of the following with the CTD system armed:
    • When any door is opened without first being unlocked using the keyless entry transmitter • After a battery reconnect, if the battery was disconnected with the CTD system armed
    Disarming an Armed System/Silencing an Alarm
    If system arming has been requested by the power door lock switch or the keyless entry transmitter, it must be disarmed.
    Important: Using the power door unlock switch or manually unlocking the doors does not disable the content theft deterrent (CTD) arm mode. Also, disconnecting the battery or pulling fuses does not disable the arm mode, since the BCM stores the CTD mode status in memory.
    • To disarm the CTD system in standby mode, perform one of the following: - Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter. - Insert a valid key into the ignition and switch to the ON position. • To disarm the CTD system in the armed mode (non-event) or when activated (during an alarm event): - Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter. - Insert a valid key into the ignition and switch to the ON position Locking the Vehicle Without Arming the CTD System Locking the vehicle may be accomplished without arming the content theft deterrent (CTD) system. Use of the manual door locks or using the key to lock the doors will lock the vehicle, but will not arm the CTD system.

    Apr 23, 2011 | 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe

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    Car won't start.Theft light blinks,clicking sound under hood and thumping like horn wants to go off.Seems like it's stuck in anti theft mode


    anti theft light should blink every few seconds.

    try disconnecting the battery for 15 minutes.

    Anti-Theft-Perimeter The perimeter anti-theft system consists of the following components:
    • anti-theft indicator (THEFT)
    • remote anti-theft personality (RAP) module
    • hood switch
    • keyless entry remote transmitter
    • deck lid ajar switch
    NOTE: The remote entry features will not function when the ignition switch is in the RUN or ACC position.
    Up to four keyless entry remote transmitters (15K601) can be programmed at one time.
    The keyless entry remote transmitters :
    • Are programmable.
    • Must be set at the same time.
    • House four buttons.
    • House three buttons (Mexico Anti-Theft System only).
    Programming
    Refer to Section 501-14B.
    Inputs and Outputs
    The remote anti-theft personality (RAP) module receives input from the following components for anti-theft operation:
    • Hood switch.
    • Deck lid ajar switch.
    • Keyless entry remote transmitter.
    • Power door lock switches (LH and RH).
    • Door courtesy input.
    The RAP module distributes output to the following for the anti-theft system:
    • Power door unlock relay.
    • Power door lock relay.
    • Liftgate unlock relay (Wagon)
    • Park lamps relay.
    • HORN relay.
    • Dome lamp.
    • THEFT indicator.
    • Deck lid release.
    Arming
    The anti-theft system can be armed if:
    • The ignition switch is in the OFF position.
    • The panic alarm is off.
    • All doors are closed.
    NOTE: If a door is open, the anti-theft system is prearmed and waiting for all the doors to be closed. The THEFT indicator will remain illuminated for up to 30 minutes waiting for all the doors to be closed. If a door remains open after 30 minutes, the THEFT indicator will turn off and the system will return to a disarmed state. After all doors are closed and the 30 second prearm (continuous THEFT indicator illumination) is complete, the system is armed.
    NOTE: If the theft LED does not flash after 30 seconds, check the LED FLASH PID to see if the feature is enabled.
    The anti-theft system will be armed when the lock button on the keyless entry remote transmitter is pressed, all doors are closed and 30 seconds have elapsed.
    When the system is armed, the THEFT indicator will flash quickly until the system is triggered or disarmed.
    Disarming
    NOTE: Using a key in a door lock cylinder to unlock is not a valid method of disarming the anti-theft system.
    Untriggered System
    NOTE: If the driver arms the system and remains in the vehicle, an untriggered system can be disarmed by turning the ignition switch to the ON position.
    An untriggered alarm system can be disarmed by pressing the unlock button on the keyless entry remote transmitter.
    Triggered System
    NOTE: If the hood or trunk are open when the system is armed, it must be closed and opened again before it can trigger an alarm.
    An armed anti-theft system can be triggered by the following conditions:
    The deck lid door, liftgate, hood or any door is opened using a key, inside door handle, hood release, etc.
    • The keyless entry remote transmitter can activate a panic alarm which is similar to the anti-theft alarm, but does not cause the THEFT indicator to flash.
    A triggered alarm system can be disarmed by:
    • Pressing the unlock or panic button on the keyless entry remote transmitter.
    • Turning the ignition switch to the ON position.
    Alarm State When Battery Power Is Cycled
    When the RAP module is supplied power the first time at the vehicle assembly plant, the system will be in the disarmed state. The RAP module will remember whether it is armed, disarmed or triggered in its non-volatile memory. When the battery positive cable is removed and then reconnected, the system will return to the state it was in just before the battery was disconnected. If the system is in any prearm state, then the system will return to a disarmed state when the battery is disconnected and then reconnected.

    Nov 06, 2010 | 1999 Mercury Tracer

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    How do i reset my alarm on a 97 jeep Grand


    Here is excerpt from the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Service Manual ... i know you posted under 1997 JGC but this information may be helpful ... by "reset alarm" i believe you meant disarming the alarm?

    Arming
    Passive arming of the Vehicle Theft Security System (VTSS) occurs when the vehicle is exited with the key removed from the ignition switch, the headlamps are turned off, and the doors are locked using power lock switch. The power lock switch will not function if the key is in the ignition switch or the headlamps are on with the driver’s door open. The VTSS will not arm if either front door or the liftgate are locked using the key in the lock cylinder.
    Active arming of the VTSS occurs when the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter is used to lock the vehicle, even if the doors and/or the liftgate are open when the RKE transmitter Lock button is depressed. However, the VTSS arming will not be complete until all the doors and the liftgate are closed.
    Following successful passive or active VTSS arming, the VTSS set lamp on the top of the instrument panel will flash rapidly for about 15 seconds after the illuminated entry system times out. This indicates that the VTSS arming is in progress. If the light stays on steadily during the arming, it indicates that the hood switch is closed (the hood is open). The VTSS will still arm if the hood is open, but the engine compartment will not be protected. Once the 15 second arming function is complete, the set lamp will flash at a slower rate to indicate that the VTSS is armed. Disarming Passive disarming of the Vehicle Theft Security Sytem (VTSS) occurs when the vehicle is unlocked using the key to unlock either front door or the liftgate. Active disarming of the VTSS occurs when the vehicle is unlocked by depressing the Unlock button of the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. Once the alarm has been activated (horn sounding, exterior lights flashing, and the the engine no-run feature), either disarming method will also deactivate the alarm. Depressing the Panic button on the RKE transmitter will also disarm the VTSS, but the horm will sound and teh exterior lamps will flash for about three minutes as a part of the Panic feature function. ..." And as an additional note, if you have the courtesy interior lights set at 30 seconds like i do, you have to wait until lights go out (with alarm still sounding) before you can disarm the alarm via passive disarm method... what a pain when you don't have the actual RKE handy... Good Luck!

    Feb 14, 2010 | 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    Had car starter installed now the passlock light stays on. He took the key out while the vehicle was running. They disconnected the battery and hooked back up but that did not work.


    Important: Using the power door unlock switch or manually unlocking the doors does not disable the Content Theft Deterrent (CTD) armed mode. Also, disconnecting the battery or pulling fuses does not disable the armed mode, since the body control module (BCM) stores the CTD mode status in memory.
    • To disarm the CTD System in arm pending mode, SECURITY indicator flashing and doors open, perform one of the following: - Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter. - Insert a valid key into the ignition and start the vehicle. • To disarm the CTD System in the armed mode: - Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter. - Insert a valid key into the ignition and start the vehicle. • To disarm the CTD System when activated, alarming mode. - Press the UNLOCK button on the keyless entry transmitter. - Insert a valid key into the ignition and start the vehicle.

    Nov 04, 2009 | 2005 Chevrolet Equinox

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    Replaced the alternator, now anti theft won't disable


    The ignition lock anti-theft switch (19A438) detects if the ignition key cylinder is broken or "slam pulled" during a theft. The ignition lock anti-theft switch is always monitored by the remote anti-theft personality (RAP) module. This allows the alarm system to be triggered in the case that the ignition lock anti-theft switch detects tampering of the ignition key cylinder (even in the event that the alarm is not active at the time).
    Refer to the Section 501-14B for more details on the keyless entry remote transmitter (15K601).
    The door open warning lamp switch (14018) communicates to the RAP module through the generic electronic module (GEM). This input to the RAP will cause the anti-theft alarm to be sounded if the anti-theft alarm was armed.
    The door disarm switches are assembled into both LH and RH lock sets. The door disarm switch must be triggered before the mechanical lock unlocks. This is to prevent the anti-theft alarm from activating when it should have been disarmed.
    The RAP module controls the anti-theft system and is the brains of the keyless entry system. The RAP module communicates with the GEM to request that the interior lights be turned ON/OFF with use of the keyless entry remote transmitter, and the GEM communicates to the RAP to inform when the door is opened. Refer to Section 418-00 for inter-module communication.
    The RAP module has three wire connectors attached to it:
    • The antenna for the keyless entry remote transmitter.
    • 26 circuit connector (C256).
    • 22 circuit connector (C257).
    In addition to the perimeter alarm that uses the door open warning lamp switch, the RAP module also uses the ignition lock anti-theft switch and the autolock/relock feature to prevent theft of the vehicle. For a full description of the autolock/relock system, refer to Section 501-14B .
    The THEFT LED is found on the instrument panel between the tachometer scale and the needle pivot point. The LED is illuminated during prearming and flashes when armed or triggered.
    Prearming and Arming the System
    The system can be armed if:
    • The ignition is OFF.
    • The PANIC alarm is OFF.
    • All doors are closed.
    There are two ways to prearm the system:
    • Press the LOCK button on the transmitter.
    • Open a door, press the power door lock button and close the door.
    After 30 seconds the system will be armed and the theft indicator in the cluster will flash every two seconds.
    Disarming an Untriggered System
    An armed system will be disarmed with one of these valid actions:
    1. Pressing the UNLOCK button on the transmitter.
    1. Placing a key in the door and turning to UNLOCK.
    1. Turning the key to RUN or ACC.
    The anti-theft alarm can be triggered by the following conditions:
    • The ignition cylinder is damaged with or without the RAP being armed.
    • A door is opened without disarming the armed RAP module.
    The remote transmitter can activate a panic alarm which is similar to an anti-theft alarm, but does not deactivate the starter or cause the theft indicator to flash.
    Disarming a Triggered System
    If the system has been triggered, (the horn honks, the lights flash, and an external starter interrupt relay is engaged), the system can be disarmed by:
    1. Pressing the UNLOCK or PANIC button on the transmitter.
    1. Putting a key in the door and unlocking the door.
    1. Turning the ignition to RUN/ACC (Turning the key to RUN/ACC will not disarm an alarm that has been triggered by the ignition lock anti-theft switch.).

    Apr 10, 2009 | 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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    How do i disarm an alarm on a 1993 ford explorer without the key remote


    THIS IS FROM YOUR OWNERS MANUAL:
    Disarming the System
    An armed or activated system can be disarmed if you:
    n Unlock the doors by entering the unlock code on the keyless
    entry keypad.
    n Unlock any door or the liftgate with a key.
    n Turn ignition to the ON or ACC position.

    Nov 03, 2008 | 1993 Ford Explorer Limited

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