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My security light is blinking and my car wont even attempt to turn over. whats wrong?

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It sounds like you have a chip style key. Most GM dealers can make you one if you bring them the cars VIN number and paperwork showing you own the car. Key can be expensive, Ford keys $100 each, GM usually $50. Not fun for just a stupid key. Some hardware stores like the Ace chain now have a display at their "key" counter that you put your key in a slot and if it lights up it means it can see it is a chip key. If the key is totally dead the dealer is the only help, if Ace can read it still they are cheaper. If your key is the black - fairly thick type key it is probably a chip key.

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  • Theresa Kasson Apr 07, 2011

    i do have a chip key. & everyone is telling me that it is the resistor that probably went in the chip. now i was wondering, if i were to buy another key & if it turns out that the key wasnt the problem, could i return it and get my money back? i also found a bypass module for my security system for $179 at newrockies.com do you think i should trust it and buy it? im a 21 year old female & i need all the help i can get =/

  • Buckyd Apr 07, 2011

    I have not tried a bypass system and to really bypass the whole security system means it probably involves a lot of wire jumping. You do not want to try that unless you have someone that is pretty good with auto wiring to help. If you get one wire wrong the car will never start and NO ONE will touch it unless you pay them a fortune to diagnose another shops work. I never touch others mistakes in my shop unless I have no choice - like if I bought the car to restore. Dealer will just say no - flat out. It also would cost you as much to buy that item and get it installed as it would to just bring it to a dealer. Try getting the new key from a dealer or a place like Ace like I mentioned before. If it does not work you can go back and complain and they will probably refund your money. But if you just go to the dealer and tell them you do not have much money and need the car for work / school they sometimes will suprise you with how much they will help. They also will be able to actually fix and restore the true problem once and for all. If you do buy a new key and they fix the issue so both the keys end up working again - remember it is always a good idea to have an extra key tucked somewhere just to be safe.

  • Jason Apr 07, 2011

    There is much cheaper alternatives to the newrockies.com one. For instance there is one for under $30 on Amazon.com. These bypass modules are the same ones used when you get a remote start system installed in your car.

    If you're not comfortable doing something like that on your own you could get a remote start system installed and that would take care of hte issue as well.

  • Theresa Kasson Apr 09, 2011

    alrigh. i think i will have my car towed to the dealership.. do you think they will charge me to tell me whats wrong with it? & if so do you think it would be expensive? then if it is something i can fix i will do it myself. i do have 2 people that is good with wiring cars. & for dirus42 i looked at amazon.com and i see the bypass modules.. but on all of them they are talking about remote start. is that just an option or do i have to get a remote start if i buy it?

  • Buckyd Apr 10, 2011

    Before you pay to tow it - go to the parts counter at the dealership and tell the parts person exactly what is going on and say that you have a relative that owns a shop who said that the dealer's parts department could check your key and make you a new one. Make sure you bring the registration like I mentioned before. Most of the parts guys know quite a bit about these cars and if what you describe sounds like just the "Dead Key" issue they will make you a new key and you may not need the tow at all. By telling him you have an uncle or cousin or something in the business they will be less likely to give you ****. As for the remote start and bypass box I have the following issues: Some will bypass the security so it starts remote to warm it etc. but they all then require the key to be inserted and turned on to keep it running after. You will have to make sure that the box you buy does not "hand" the power back to the security system after you turn the key on - some do - some don't. Millions of people have used these types of "add On" boxes that use the type of connector that cuts into the wire cover and makes contact with the wire inside by use of a metal crimp connector. Sometimes the connector works fine forever but they can also have loss of contact or sporadic contact (which will drive you crazy) and they cut through some of the thickness of the wire making it carry less current or eventually fail. Solid wires soldered in place is always better than the quick connects and like I wrote before my shop will not touch another persons "Rats Nest" wiring job and many dealers will not also. I have spent many hours trying to diagnose wire problems that came from the crimp on connectors. Talk to the parts guy at a Chevy dealer - see if he thinks you just need a new key before you do anything. If he can test your old key or he feels a new key will do it - you will be all set. Tell him you were told the key was $25 or so and get the best price you can for the key. If it does not work then you can get him to talk to the service manager with you and they will feel bad because the part they sold you did not work. I am a softee for helping a lady with car trouble in my shop and you may just need the key so start with that before you start messing with wires - Please....

  • Jason Apr 11, 2011

    The bypass modules were designed for remote start purposes. They basically bypassed the security so the car could be remotely started without a key in the ignition. You're not require to actually install a remote start system to be able to use the modules to bypass the VATS system in your car.

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It could be the ignition switch. The ignition switch has a sensor that reads the resistance of the key. They fail over time and you need to "re-teach it" the key's code. Try putting the key in the ignition and turing it to the "ON" position. Let it sit that way for about 20 minutes and see if the "Security" light goes away.

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

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  • Theresa Kasson Apr 07, 2011

    already tried it with no luck. i even unplugged the battery and left the key in the on position to drain the codes out of the battery and that didnt do anything either.

  • Theresa Kasson Apr 07, 2011

    ** drain the codes out of the computer**

  • 4x4xgmc Apr 11, 2011

    I just experienced the nightmare of GM's PASS security system in a (& Monte Carlo. Guru is right about cycling and resetting the car to "read" your key again. Not everyone has the time to sit there and do that if they are in a hurry. My car would always start after following the procedure. The key is nothing magic - it holds up to 17 different resistor settings that will be the "code" for your car to start or not - simple..wrong code and it won't start. I had problems with both the old key and expensive new key so I felt the problem was in the car - not akey problem. I had the resistance reading from the key, bought the resistors for a couple bucks at Radio Shack, had them soldered together and placed them in line with the security wiring harnes that normally would be going to and from the ignition switch. Wala! It works great. The mechanic friend who did this for me has done this same thing on a couple GM cars he owns and has never had the return of the PASS system monster. A simple toggle switch hidden under the dash adds a nice touch for security, even if they stole your keys.
    Hope this is helpful before spending big bucks for a very cheap and simple cure.

  • 4x4xgmc Apr 11, 2011

    I have another view on this - has your vehicle had a remote starter taken out? A quick patch job would be to simply use crimp wire connectors. they work loose and can cause all kinds of problems exactly as described in these question. Those lines need to be soldered together then they won't work loose over time.

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Try to power lock door shut then unlock with key put key in ignition turn over to run but dont start
if security still flashes the pass lock security is armed and will not start need to visit dealer

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

  • Theresa Kasson Apr 07, 2011

    i did that but the people i bought it off of must have changed the driver side door on the car bc the other key that i have only opens the passenger side door. but i tried it anyways & it didnt work.

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