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Could my problem be the key? 2009 Honda Civic
Hi there - this sounds like the security system needs a simple reset, similar to what's needed if you replace the battery. Try this: lock the car using the ignition key in the driver door. Let it sit for 5...
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Already checked timing Belt, but now it don't recognize the computer immobilizer.
Hi there. Try reprogramming the key fob to your vehicle. Click here to view the procedure on reprogramming your key fob. If the key is programmed to your vehicle, then the immobilizer controller may need to be replaced. I recommend...
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Steering wheel locked up
If it was security related the vehicle would not even start. The problem is likely the physical lock mechanism itself and/or the link with the ignition switch. This problem has been reported for this year, make and model before and...
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I think my car battery died, but im not sure.
Hi there. It seems that the security system has came on and lock out your vehicle from starting. If you open the door and the dome light comes on with a good solid light and the headlights work, then the...
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how to fix no keys issue if i dont have the car's keys
The 2010 Maxima uses the 'Nissan Intelligent Key" system. The only way to start the car is to have the key fob in the vehicle while using the start button. There is no way to defeat this requirement as this...
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Car won't turn on
Hello, thank you for writing in. I am sorry to hear about your situation! The very first thing to do is check the owner's manual for any information about the anti-theft system (if you have not already done so). If...
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What would cause my security light to come on in my 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Hello. Most of the time this is caused by a failure in the key sensor located inside of the key lock cylinder. Either the sensor itself fails or the wiring from the sensor located in the steering column fails. Most...
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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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