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1996 Buick RIVIERA security light stays on but car functions properly for now

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The security system (VATS/PassKey) is having problems, it's typical on those cars/years. When the TDM starts failing, it will do it gradually and the car will begin to randomly don't start and then get worse with time up to a point that it won't start anymore. It's been a nightmare for us. You can find a great write-up here: , it was the only thing that saved my 94 Park Avenue that has the same security system.

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