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2000 pontiac trans am wont start. Turn the key, no power to start. turn lights on, battery is fine, radio works, got desperate fixing to change ignition module switch. Tried to cross wire starter. It cranks by doing that. It also cranks crossing over the start solenoid. Runs fine, after crank. Anti deterent.. thought it was problem, works with keyless remote, disarmed. The gauges will not light up. Checked the ign fuses.. Fixed it.. WE can not believe we spent hours and right before pulling steering column, used tester light and found a fuse was blown.. The GAUGE FUSE... no we can not believe it was a gauge fuse. We called the chevrolet dealer, called 2 other mechanics, had 3 working on it. It was a gauge fuse.. Hope this helps...

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  • Sandra Frye May 06, 2010

    Has anyone else ever had this happen? was it a prerequisite to the next problem?
    If so, please let me know

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SOURCE: 1997 pontiac not turning over

to turn the theft lock off you must put key into ignition and turn to ACC, wait ten minutes (light will turn off) then turn the key to off position and pull out. Do this 3 times ( i know 30 minutes is a long time) and then after that the theft lock will turn off and your car SHOULD start.

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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SOURCE: at times cranks and runs fine other times it will not crank

Hello edspring1...the little key chip you mentioned is the onboard security system for your firebird...GM called it the VAT system..it's possible this could be the cause of the no start conditions, sometimes they will reset if you disconnect the negative battery cable for 30 mins.
I really dont think that is your problem though...under the steering pillar...there is a "slider" type ignition switch...meaning...the terminals slide togather to make contact when the key is turned...these darn things get worn to a point they start arching and eventually wont make contact at all...i replaced one last week on a 95 firebird that had the same problem you are describing now.
i'll post a pic of the slider set in position for a tilt steering and non-tilt column....note the difference.
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Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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SOURCE: wont start no power from ign to starter

have you checked up on the steering column, those switches go bad and are easily replaced. I've had to do a few of those lately that had the same problem.

Posted on Jul 24, 2010

judd0081
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SOURCE: I have a 95 firebird.

It's when the security light starts flashing that the infamous "chip" in the key becomes a nightmare to many. Gradually the car begins not cranking anymore or if it cranks it would start and die in a second. Randomly it will do this more and more often until it won't start anymore. VATS, PASSkey and Passlock immobilizer systems are killing cars all over North America, they have a short lifespan and are certainly more effective against owners than thieves. Here is how you save your car
1st trick, Try a spare key that is newer or used less. The pins wear down and so do the keys causing security fail. 2nd trick, (if not starting) turn the key forward 2 clicks till right before it would normally start, leave like that for 10 minutes. ( no less ) After 10 minutes, turn key back then forward and your car might start. I did this in my regal for more than a year. If its shutting down while running, im sorry i have no quick fix... If anything on this page helps you, please remember to comment or give me a thumbs up on the myfixya sight so i can have a better rating to help more people on this. Thanks

Cheap fix: Bypass the chip in your key. Temporary, but effective. Until the TDM (theft deterrent module) in the dash poops out, then you're kinda screwed. I was told that these types of key security systems have a 7-10 year life span. Sucks for us. This link explains the "Key Issue" pretty well.
----- http://vats.likeabigdog.com/


Never worry again fix: Bypass the whole VATS/Passlock/passkey I or passkey II system entirely. Literally take it out, and throw it away. I just did this in my Regal. Took about an hour. Took longer to find the thing than it did to fix the problem. They sell a unit for 200 bucks to totally bypass this system FOREVER. life time-money back and all that. Finally did this in my car. Well worth the 200 if you've looked into getting this replaced... Anywhere from 600-1000 bucks. If you do buy this, please purchase it thru this link. The cost is the same, but i get credit for the sale and im trying to earn my money back, as you will be able to do if you buy fron NewRockies and join the free affiliate program. Thanks
----- http://newrockies.ca?ap_id=judd0081 ----- With this fix, you can take that whole Vats, passlock, passkey system out of your car all together. Good info on both sites.

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If your car has the chip in the key or in the lock cylinder, then you can save it with this Full Bypass.
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SOURCE: 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, need wiring diagram from ignition switch to right instrument panel fuse block

look under the hood for a large black box remove the lid and find the radio fuze could be labled window but either way its probebly the fuze out there there is 2 in most cars 1 is in the fuze box inside car and the other is under the hood if either 1 blows it kills the other

Posted on Dec 31, 2011

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