Question about 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva
This car has what we call a VAT's key security system. the most common problem with this system is that the resistor that is in the key looses it's resistance value and the security system no longer accepts it. as a locksmith I run into this very often and the fix is very simple but needs to be done by a locksmith or a mechanic that knows what they are doing.
the fix requires the teardown of the steering column and fitting ( hard wire ) of a resistor with the correct value directly to the ignition switch itself,, this basically bypasses the key security part of the system and from that point on you will be able to use just a regular ignition key ( flat key NONE VAT's key ) which will save you a lot of money in time when getting copies made, ( regular keys cost about $2.75 -- VAT's keys cost around $29.95 per key ).
seek out a local automotive locksmith or mechanic and tell him what you would like to have done and for about 85 dollars this fix can be done ( the cost of the resistor is about 5 dollars ).
this will solve your problem.
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