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I removed the battery and changed the spark plugs and the anti-theft is preventing it from starting

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Hi! The anti theft might be triggered during the battery removal. Try this, Put the key in the ignition and turn it on forward position just before where you crank the engine. Dont start the engine, just leave it on for atleast 12mins. This should let the fuel pump running. After 12mins turn off the car and remove the key from the ignition. Insert the key again to the ignition and wait for atleast 11seconds and try to turn on the engine. Hope this helps and have a good one!

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