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Changed the ignition housing and now it wont start. How do I reprogram the passlock. I don't want to pay a tow bill. Please advise

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I think you will probably need to have this vehicle reprogrammed, but try this first, it may at least work long enough to drive to the dealer ship.

turn the key to the on position, DO NOT START. let the car sit like this for 15 minutes, then start the car. this used to be the relearn on all gms, but the year of your vehicle is right around the time when they started to change a bit. good luck!

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If the starter motor turns over but the engine won't start, your passlock has not been triggered, you simply have the distributor cap out of alignment. Remove and replace according to manufacturer specifications.

If the car won't start at all including the starter motor, then yes you've got a problem. You have triggered the passlock, which has activated the the start disable feature in your vehicle.

If your radio has a numerical keypad, you would generally type your passcode into the keypad, with the ignition key in the on position. Once the system recognizes the passcode, your passlock system will be deactivated and your vehicle will return to normal operating. Start the car and away you go.

If you don't have a passcode, contact your local Chevy dealer for assistance.

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GM Passlock I & II Information

Please study the following information carefully WHEN INSTALLING REMOTE START systems on a 1996 or later GM car or truck.
Introduced in 1996, GM has changed the VATS anti theft system to Pass-Lock system. This is a similar device to the VATS system, in that there is a resistor present during the start cycle. However, in the PASSLOCK system, the resistor has been placed inside the ignition switch, instead of the key. See the GM V.A.T.S page for more information.
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Vehicles effected
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Pontiac Sunfire and GrandAm Passlock-1
Chevrolet Cavalier Passlock-1
Buick Skylark Passlock-1
Oldsmobile Achieva Passlock-1

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It is important to pay special attention to the fact that there are many different ways of achieving the same goal. There are actually 2 different Passlock-II systems. On the next page, there are tests to establish which type of passlock-II your car has.

Relays shown are standard automotive 5 pin spdt relays, available from IEI.
A multi meter is required to measure the resistance values. Accuracy is important within 5%.

Once the value of the resistor is measured, a resistor of the same value +/-5% must be purchased (Radio Shack2.gif, for example). You can also use a Potentiometer (POT), which can be adjusted to the same value of the resistor in the ignition switch.

pslc1.gif Passlock-I bypass procedure....

1: Remove the top and bottom shrouds from the steering column.
2: Find the 3 wire ribbon cable2.gif, coming from the ignition switch, containing White, Black, Yellow (Sometimes White, Black, Black). These are THIN wires.
3: Locate the Black 6 position connector on the LEFT side of the steering column, right above the ignition switch position. There is a BLACK (Thin) wire in this connector, called "Bulb Test", which shows Ground with ignition in the Off position, OPEN in the "Run" position, and GROUND in the "Crank" position.
4: Turn the ignition switch to the "Run" position. Do not crank the car.
5: Cut the Thin Yellow wire and strip both ends.
6: Without cutting the Black wire, expose some of the copper.
7: Using the ohmmeter, measure from the Yellow wire (the end coming from the ignition switch), to the exposed Black wire and record the value. Measure more than once to assure you have the right value.
8: Acquire the same size resistor and 3 relays, and perform the connections shown in the diagram below.

pslk2.gif PASSLOCK-II bypass procedure

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1: Locate two wires, which are THIN and are in the main ignition harness.. Orange/Black (or Black) and Yellow.
2: Cut the Yellow wire, and strip back some of the insulation from the Orange/Black (Or Black) wires.
3: Turn the ignition to the "Run" position ( don't crank the starter). Measure and record the value measured from the KEY SIDE of the Yellow wire, to the Black/Orange wire.
4: Turn the key to the "Crank" position and release. Now read the value again.
pslk3.gif5: If the value changed, follow "Method#1". If the value stayed the same, follow "Method#2".



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