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1998 Malibu passlock repair?

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Security light is blinking? Leave the key on for 10 minutes until the security light stops blinking. Then try to start the car.

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Jan 13, 2016 | 2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

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The anti-theft system on a 2003 chevy malibu needs to be reset because the car wont start; it is completely dead- it was fine just before I went to the bathroom


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.
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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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Feb 08, 2011 | 2003 Chevrolet Malibu

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01 chevy malibu won't start, security light blinks but after leaving the switch in the on position for ten minutes it will start is there a permanent solution to this?


I have the same problem on my 2001 malibu. Do a google search for 2001 Malibu Passlock malfunction. You have to have the passlock system replaced, although I've seen many forums where people have had it replaced only to have it malfunction again because Chevy never made a new passlock that does not malfunction for older Malibus. Also, if you get a remote car starter I've heard this will disable the passlock therefore removing the issue of it malfunctioning so you would not have to worry about it not starting.

Dec 20, 2010 | 2001 Chevrolet Malibu

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Problem starting my 2002 Chevy Malibu because of the Passlock anti theft system. How do I disable the passlock system so I don't have problems starting my car.


the only way to get by this is to install a remote starter had the same problem with my grand am it worked no more problem.

Jun 04, 2009 | 1998 Chevrolet Malibu

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1998 Chev Malibu starts then stalls


The most likely cause for the problem you are describing is the anti-theft system. GM calls it a passlock system. Your car has a 'key-reader' mounted on the ignition lock cylinder (inside the steering columnm, or inside the dash, depending on where your key goes). This 'key-reader' sends out a signal to the body control module indicating that the proper key is in the ignition. Note: this style antitheft system does not have 'chip' in the key. These key-readers fail frequently and send a an incorrect singal the the module, where the car will start and run for a few seconds, then stall. An easy verification of this problem is to watch for your security light to be flashing somewhere on your dash. The passlock cylinder is only available from the dealer, and while it is a fairly easy part for someone like me to change, I do not recommend it for someone who is not a mechanic. Additionally, even if you do change the passlock cylinder, you have to perform a re-learn procedure or the car will never start. This probably isn't the answer you wanted to hear, but better that you know. Hope this helps!

Feb 01, 2009 | 1998 Chevrolet Malibu

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