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Im having problems with my 2001 3.8 v6 camaro. it wont start most of the time and when it does start it immediately stalls. i can hear the fuel pump turn on and the car turns over normal. any ideas on what the problem is?

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    where exactly is the same problem i dont see it???

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Most GM vehicles from the mid 80's to around the mid 2000's have this problem. The problem is the "antitheft" systems that GM has been using. The number one symptom of this problem is seeing a light on the dash that says SECURITY. Read this link for info on these systems and some DO IT YOURSELF ways to fix it forever.

http://vatspasslockpasskeysecurityhelp.yolasite.com/

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2002 Camaro

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