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Key will not turn to on position in the ignition,but car does have electrical power;car alarm was malfunctioning for last several days as well as the engine light

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I had a locked car light come on in my 2006 chevy malibu, it no longer will drive. doesnt turn off, goes in reverse but when in drive, just revs like the car is in neutral, why?


The lock an car symbol is for the anti-theft system ! By not turning off, do you mean you can't turn the key to the off position or you can turn the key to off but the car won't shut off ?
It sounds like you have a Power Mode Mismatch
The ignition switch is an input to the BCM - body control module an if something happens to the system , the BCM will keep the vehicle in the last known mode Since the operation of the vehicle systems depends on the power mode, there is a fail-safe plan in place should the power mode master (PMM) fail to send a power mode message. The fail-safe plan covers those modules, using exclusively serial data control of power mode, as well as those modules with discrete ignition signal inputs.
You could have an ignition switch problem or something wrong with the BCM .
Discrete Ignition Signals Those modules that have discrete ignition signal inputs, also remain in the state dictated by the last valid PMM message received on the serial data circuits. They then check the state of their discrete ignition input to determine the current valid state. If the discrete ignition input is active, battery positive voltage, the modules will fail-safe to the RUN power mode. If the discrete ignition input is not active, open or 0 volts, the modules will fail-safe to OFF-AWAKE. In this state, the modules are constantly checking for a change status message on the serial data circuits and can respond to both local inputs and serial data inputs from other modules on the vehicle.
This is one you need to take to the dealer because they have a factory scan tool !

Aug 03, 2015 | 2006 Chevrolet Malibu

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Ignition


he ignition switch generally has four positions: off, accessories, on, and start. Some cars have two off positions, off and lock; one turns off the car, and the other allows the key to be removed from the ignition. When the key is turned to the accessories position, certain accessories, such as the radio, are powered; however, accessories that use too much battery power, such as window motors, remain off in order to prevent the car's battery from being drained. The accessories position uses the least amount of battery power when the engine is not running, which is why drive-in movie theaters recommend that the car be left in theaccessories mode during the movie.

The on position turns on all of the car's systems, including systems such as the fuel pump, because this is the position the ignition switch remains in while the car's engine is running. The start position is spring loaded so that the ignition switch will not remain there when the key is released. When the key is inserted into the ignition switch lock cylinder and turned to the start position, the starter engages; when the key is released, it returns to the on position, cutting power to the starter. This is because the engine runs at speeds that the starter cannot match, meaning that the starter gear must be retracted once the engine is running on its own.

Either the ignition switch or the lock cylinder may fail in a car, but both circumstances have very different symptoms. When the ignition switch fails, generally the electrical wiring or the plastic housing develops problems. The car may not turn on and/or start when this happens. Also, the spring-loaded start position could malfunction, in which case the starter will not engage unless the key is manually turned back to the on position.

When the lock cylinder malfunctions, however, the operation of the key itself will become problematic. If the tumblers become stripped, the lock cylinder may be able to turn with any key, or you may be able to remove the key when the car is on. If the tumblers begin to shift, the lock cylinder may not turn. Sometimes the key can be wiggled until the lock cylinder turns, but it is important to remember that this is only a temporary fix.

Replacing an ignition switch can be tricky business, particularly in newer cars, because of the anti-theft devices used in cars. Once the ignition switch is separated from the back of the lock cylinder, the car can be started with a screwdriver, making it vital that this switch be difficult to get to. It is important to consult a shop manual before attempting this kind of repair, as the anti-theft devices may require special tools; attempting to remove an ignition switch without the proper tools can render the car inoperable.


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Jun 02, 2012 | Volkswagen Transporter Cars & Trucks

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I just found out my car had an alarm system but was disconnected and i connected it and now car wont start even if i disconnect it again


last ditch effort , disconnect the battery and wait 10 minutes and hope your system re sets itself , not knowing what make your car is , makes this hard to answer, or if it was a factory alarm or aftermarket ,,,, If its a factory alarm, you can do this Open the door with the key. (the alarm will sound but ignore that)
Close the doors, put the key in the ignition
Turn everything off that takes power when you got the ignition on.
Turn the key into first position (IIRC) the alarm will go off again, but still ignore that.
Then sit back and relax for exactly 15minutes, without touching anything nor opening any doors.
Then turn off the ignition.
That's it. Your alarm is now disabled.
Start the car and enjoy.

Jul 11, 2011 | Mitsubishi Galant Cars & Trucks

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How do I reset or disable the alarm system? It's malfunctioning.


I would reset my ECM, do this by turning key to on position with a/c on then remove positive battery cable, wait 30 sec. the turn off key and replace battery cable. Good luck with it.

Mar 26, 2011 | 2002 Mazda MPV

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I put new battery in, now can not start. What do I do ? this is a 2000 jaguar s-type.


TRY TO REARM IMMOBILIZER.PUT KEY IN THE IGNITION TURN IGNITION ON POSITION.TO ENSURE ALARM LED ILLUMINATES FOR 3 SECONDS.IF LED FLASHES MORE THAN 3 SECONDS,SYSTEM MALFUNCTION. UNPLUG BATTERY CAUSE PCM TO LOSE MEMORY.KEEP KEY IN IMMOBILIZER IN ON POSITION FOR 3 SECONDS AT A TIME.IF LED ILLUMINATES MORE THAN 3 SECONDS.CAR HAVE TO BE TOWED IN AND REPROGRAM.ANY TIME YOU DISCONNECT BATTERY BEST TO HAVE MEMORY SAVER PLUG IN THE CIGARETTE LIGHTER SOCKET TO KEEP POWER GOING TO PCM.

Mar 17, 2011 | 2000 Jaguar S-Type

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Flashing alarm light after battery change. Car wont start,


System operation
System arms 5 seconds after switching ignition OFF. Switch ignition ON. Ensure clock LED illuminates for 3-5 seconds. If LED flashes rapidly at regular intervals for approximately 1 minute, then flashes at irregular intervals: Key code not recognised. Remove key and try again.
Programming
When
System malfunction: LED illuminates for 1 minute, then flashes at irregular intervals. Key(s) added or replaced.
NOTE: Replacement keys MUST have blue mark. Keys with red mark are NOT compatible with this system.
How
NOTE: Programming method using vehicle keys can be deactivated using diagnostic equipment.
Obtain 2 programmed keys (A and B). Insert key A into ignition switch. Turn ignition switch to position II. Wait 1 second. Switch ignition OFF. Remove key A. Insert key B into ignition switch within 5 seconds. Turn ignition switch to position II. Wait 1 second. Switch ignition OFF. Remove key B. Within 10 seconds: Insert key to be programmed into ignition switch. Turn ignition switch to position II. Wait 4 seconds. Switch ignition OFF. Wait 5 seconds. Start engine. If engine does not start and clock LED flashes: Switch ignition ON. Wait at least 20 seconds. Switch ignition OFF. Repeat programming procedure. Repeat above procedure to program remaining keys. Keys can also be programmed using diagnostic equipment

Mar 08, 2010 | 2000 Ford Focus

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2001 ml320, remotes quit working. new batteries,


Synchronization
Turn ignition switch to position II. Turn ignition switch to position 0 and remove key. Within 1 minute: Press and hold key lock button. Press unlock button 5 times. Remote control should now operate system. If not: Repeat procedure.
Programming
When
Key remote control added or replaced. System malfunction.
How
Keys can only be programmed using diagnostic equipment

Jan 09, 2010 | 2002 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Car will not start, electrical problem


Get a new ignition key switch, and ignition key. No, it won't be cheap.
With the key switch messing up, it causes problems with the alarm system.

(And you know what problems the alarm system is causing)

Sep 01, 2009 | 2005 Chevrolet Malibu

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1997 Jetta GL Alarm


First to turn off the alarm you simply put the key into the drivers door and turn it to unlock the door twice, this is the factory setting to turn off activated Volkswagen alarm. As for the power locks they are air activated, in the trunk near the latch there should be a small electric motor that drives a small air pump with air lines running to all your locks. If this electric motor as worn out your locks will not operate, simple fix replace the motor. I'd try a used one first from a scrap yard to make sure but always check to see if there is power to the motor (you will need another person with a test light to perform this job). Let me know if this works. Vdubs 4-ever !

Mar 23, 2009 | 1997 Volkswagen Jetta

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