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My 98 cavalier starts for one second then shuts off flashs the antitheft light

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    i had changed my column on 1998 cavalier and that totally fixed it thanks

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To reset anti theft system--turn key on engine off, for about 10 minutes. after 10 minutes, turn key off, wait 15 seconds, then try to start car. from 97-2005 gms have a theft system called a passlock system. you can go to tubesound.com/passlocksystem. to disable system for good.

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