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I have a automatic 2003 Saturn Ion. The security Passlock light is on, on the dashboard and the car is totally dead. It has been this way since yesterday afternoon sitting in a parking lot at my sons job. I have looked in the manuel, searched on the internet, I don't know what to do. I have gone back to the car 3 different times in hopes it would luck.... please help... if nothing else to get it started one time to at least get it home. Thank you so much for your help and time Veronica

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When the Passlock system is activated, the security light flashes on the instrument panel. The engine cannot be started until the system resets. If the Passlock system does not automatically reset, it can be reset manually.

Try this procedure as follows: --- to reset:--

First turn the ignition key to the "Start" position. Then after 2 to 3 seconds turn the ignition key to the "Run" position. Then leave the key in this position for 10 minutes. The security light will stop flashing.Start the engine as soon as the security light stops flashing and remains on. The Pass lock system resets and the engine starts normally.

If its not helping then disconnect the negative battery cable for 15 minutes then reconnect and see if that is helping out.-------

-------------------If this reset procedure is not helping then:---

There are many other users facing this problem in same car.There is a service bulletin for this problem,that is released by Saturn.The bulletin says as follows:-----

Some customers may comment that their vehicle will not start. This comment is referred to as 'no crank, no start with complete power.'

Additional customer comments may be as follows:

- A clicking noise may be noticed when the key is first turned to the START position, but no noise is heard after the initial start attempt.
- The 'Security' light may flash immediately after trying to start the car along with the message 'Service Vehicle' in the Driver Information Center.
- The vehicle may not start for at least 10 minutes after the first attempt to start the vehicle. Diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) B2960 and or B3033 may be set in history in the BCM.

When the key is rotated from RUN to START there is a voltage signal sent to the BCM that goes through the PASSLOCK resistor in the ignition switch. This voltage signal may have an early ignition switch bounce (when going from RUN to START) that the BCM interprets as a failure in the PASSLOCK system and disables the starting circuit.

Verify that the ignition switch has been replaced at least once using P/N 10392423. If the switch HAS been replaced previously with P/N 10392423 - Replace the BCM.
After replacement of the ignition switch or replacement and reprogramming of the BCM, perform the 30-Minute Learn Procedure found in Programming
Theft Deterrent System Components.This procedure can be obtained by dealer.


this should help.thanks.Helpmech.

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