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Ignition - Key seems to not connect when turning to start

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Had this problem with my 1996 buick regal. the vats ( vehical anti theft system) wire broke in my steering column. you can dissasemble the column and re solder the wire back together or you can find out what ohms the "chip" on your key is. take a voltage meter and put it on the ohms setting. place each of the leads of the tester on opposite sides of the chip on the key. this will tell you the resistance of the chip. go to radio shack and buy a resistor of the same ohms range. around $0.99. look under your dash and find the wires that go to the vats system. i think they are orange. cut these wires and solder the resistor to the wires like an inline fuse(not the wires that go to the column, but the wires that go to the vats computer) this will bypass the system and your car will start and run normally.

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