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Car will not crank after putting in a new starter. Forced starter to start up and engine starts but stalls out. Will the security continue to cut off fuel while force starting?
Hi there. Forcing the starter to engage to make the engine run without the ignition engaging the starter will continue to keep the security on. This is a safety feature that keeps people from stealing your vehicle. I recommend replacing...
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Car won't turn on to drive.
Hi there. Try pulling the fuse that is marked security and see if the engine will start up. If the engine starts up, then the alarm control system has failed and needs replaced or the battery in the key fob...
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Keyless synchronization, how much is cost? Change lock from door? 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
Hello - there will be 2 tasks here. The first is to match the door lock(s) with the ignition switch key tumbler if you wish for one key to do everything as a new car would. This can be done...
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i replaced the cluster and disconnected the battery. when i connected everything again the theft alarm was on and car doesnt start
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing we need to determine is if this is a stock alarm or an aftermarket that was installed later. There may be a technical issue with the alarm module itself. The keys...
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Ignition replacement 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Hello - the new keys and the security transponder which reads them must be programmed to be "in sync" with each other. You may also find that holding one of the old keys near the dash, while turning the ignition...
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Why does my security light blink rapidly when I try starting my 2004 Ford Explorer
Hello. If the theft light is blinking when you try starting your vehicle, and it does not start then typically it is a programming issue. It is possible that what occurred with the shifter may have caused a voltage loss....
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I have a Nissan Sentra 2011 and I noticed Security Indicator Light is always on when car is locked ? Is that normal?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The anti-theft system is absolutely supposed to be on when the vehicle is off and locked. The vehicle assumes you are away from it, and at this point it needs to be protected. Your...
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no communication with computer and the security light is on.
Hi there. The security is active and the computer will not communicate with the vehicle as it is being turned off. Remove the battery cable for 13 minutes and during that time, operate everything in the vehicle, even though there...
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After changing a faulty steering column im unable to keep the truck running. Is there an inexpensive solution. Thanks.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The Chevy Passlock system is likely cutting off the power supply to the fuel pump. Typically when this happens resetting the system resolves any issues. This is assuming the circuit is perfect. The BCM...
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After having battery disconnected, hazzard and dash lights are blinking, and key wont turn engine over.
Hi there. The security alarm system was tripped and caused the computer to lock out the ignition system. Remove the battery cables (both) for 13 minutes. While the cables are off, operate all the components in the vehicle with the...
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I have a 2012 Mercedes blutec and when I push start didn't want to come on but the radio and lights... What is the problem?
Hi there. The ignition system could be locked out by the security system or the ignition switch has failed. Look at the security light and see if the light is flashing quickly and see if the light stays on when...
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Car starts and then dies, think my ECM is bad.
Hi there. If the security is on and you are not able to shut it off, then there could be a faulty key transponder, security control module, faulty key fob, or the key cylinder has failed. The ECM (computer to...
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security wiring is different with another steering column that I installed.
Hi there. If you still have the other steering column, then you will have to remove the security chip and wiring set from it and install it into the steering column that you have. What is happening is the security...
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car won't start security light flashing
Hello Mike, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be activating its immobilizer system which was demanded to be installed by insurance companies. If you have access to an OBD-II scanner, you will want to scan the vehicle for...
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My wife unplugged one of the fuses to my car, that supposedly went to the horn but now my car wont start.
Hi there. When pulling the fuse out at the car alarm is tripped will set the security system in the vehicle. Putting the fuse back in will only cause the security to stay on. Try disconnecting the battery and waiting...
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Have a 3.8 and I changed the spark control module and the code keeps coming up 1993 Pontiac Bonneville
Hello - regarding your ignition system problem - it sounds like replacing the spark control module wasn't the correct "fix". Without knowing what problem code was set, it's hard to know what the correct response should be. If you can...
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My cars auto theft was triggered and now my battery is dead.
Hi there. You can get a jump-start to start the engine, but I recommend either charging your battery or replacing it. Trying to jump-start your vehicle with a completely dead battery may damage the computer and other components. This also...
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I put the wrong key in my car and a few weeks later my car just shut down and it will not start I believe it's the computer but...
Hi there. What had happened is the wrong key set the security to the vehicle. This is to prevent the vehicle from starting with the wrong keys. Try removing the battery cables (+) and (-) for 13 minutes. During that...
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No start and has codes P1626 and P0463. 2000 Chevrolet Express 1500
Hi there. Check the fuel pump and see if its working. The code P0463 means that the fuel level sensor is not picking up what is in the vehicle. Make sure that there is fuel in the fuel tank and...
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disarming alarm causing car not to start
Hello, thank you for writing in. We are assuming that the security system on the vehicle is factory stock. The security system may be having an issue recognizing the key you have. This happens when part of the key fob...

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