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I changed complete steering column on my 99 1500 chevy.due to worn ot ignition and the key finally stuck in start position, thought was easier to RR entire column rather than take to $100 a hr GM dealer. I am retired mechanic, BUT now it starts for second and stops with security light flashing, I tryed leaving key on for 20 minutes,didnt help. any ideas, Ken in Alberta

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Sounds like you end up at the dealership after-all.They will need to change the vin number to match your truck or the security violation code will not go away.

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