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2007 Cadillac DTS - got new battery during summer. now battery won't stay charged. horn won't work. radio won't work at all.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having a variety of issues. The best thing we can do without having the vehicle in front of us is give an educated guess. The symptoms you are describing do...
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Anti-theft device for ignition will not allow the engine to run, and the security light is on.
Hi there. You could remove the battery cables for 13 minutes and then put them back on. This will clear out the computer and have it relearn itself. Now if the light still comes on, then the security controller will...
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Radio Issues 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Hi there - your car radio is equipped with a security code mechanism to deter radio theft - a bigger problem in 1994 than today. The Owners Manual should have the code (4 or 5 digit number) written in it...
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security system is disabling fuel, runs rough, sputters, kills, and hard to start.
Hi there. If your vehicle has a aftermarket car alarm, you can always remove it from the vehicle. If the alarm is factory, then you will not be able to remove it, but you can repair it. It seems as...
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tail light
Sounds like the immobilizer for the security system may have an issue with the flashing lights circuit. I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you diagnose the flashing lights issue.
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Horn keeping blowing when key is taken out ignition.
The issue is with the security system on your car. Try disarming the vehicle by holding down on the unlock function to the key fob. If the locks on the car do not work while the horn is sounding, then...
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Alarm is going off. Is there any way to reset/bypass problem?
You will have to open the hood and disconnect the battery terminals to reset the computer. Before hooking up the battery cables, the vehicle will need to be locked as it was before the alarm was tripped. Then the alarm...
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Flashing lights after battery reattachment
The issue is the alarm system (security) is tripped on your vehicle. Try turning the key to the 'ON' position and locking and unlocking the doors with the key fob remote, that is if your vehicle has a remote. This...
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I have a 98 Chevy Silverado truck 5.7 liter that also has an alarm. Lately, at times, my truck won't start.
Hi there. The could be an issue with the immobilizer system in your vehicle setting the security off causing the engine to not start or not have any power to the ignition switch. If the immobilizer is working properly, then...
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A red light on the dashboard 2006 Honda Accord
Hello - this is not a problem. This is simply the security system indicating that it is "active", after locking your car, and is operating normally.
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The security system warning light should not illuminate once the vehicle is started and you are driving. If the light does illuminate, that means there is a malfunction in the security system. Obviously, if this problem started immediately after you...
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Battery ?
On some car alarm systems, if battery voltage drops below a threshold, the alarm goes off. In your circumstance, you should have the battery load tested to rule the battery in or out as a possible cause. The security system...
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What do I do now that I got car started the security light won't turn off?
Hello. On your particular vehicle the security light staying on as the vehicle is running is an indication that the security system has failed and is disabled. It is common for a security light to come on after battery dies...
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I have a Nissan Rogue rental. All of a sudden the security light is blinking. Car is off and unlocked. Is this normal
Hello, and thank you for writing in. The security light blinks when the vehicle is off to let potential thieves know that there is a system in place to disrupt their intentions. This is totally normal, and if there was...
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Security light flashes rapidly trying to start truck everything comes on but it won't start
You may still be in lockout and the security system is keeping you from starting the car. When the car was entered without the key, it no doubt triggered the immobilizer and that will have to be reset. It's might...
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Anti theft module, ECU and ignition switch 2004 Mitsubishi Endeavor
Hi there - this may be more a matter of the equipment availability to "program" anti-theft components. Most mechanics do not have access to anti-theft/security components in the vehicle. These are only available to dealers licensed by that manufacturer. This...
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I think the immobilizer has gone on.
The engine will not start when the immobilizer system is active. Check the key to the vehicle and see if there is a remote to it. If there is a remote, then I suggest replacing the battery in the remote...
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2004 Chevrolet Impala SS Security Light
Either the key fob remote's battery is going out causing the immobilizer system to trip the security or the immobilizer system control is not responding. I recommend replacing the battery in the key fob remote and programming the remote to...
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My car won't start after a break-in & attempted theft.
When someone breaks in the vehicle, the Immobilizer system shows that the doors were locked from the outside. When the doors are ajar from the outside when locked, the security would set so the vehicle could not be stolen. Look...
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All my warning indicator's are on and the car won't start 2008 Chevrolet Malibu
Hi there - the security system is intentionally invoked after a battery replacement. Turn the ignition key to the "On/Run" position, and leave it for 10-15 minutes in this position. The security light will go out, then you can start...

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