Originally Posted by JnKoD
hey my name is kody i have a 1996 pontiac bonneville ssei the car has awsome power but when you turn the key to start it it wont do nothing no crank wont turn over and no clicking the radio plays and has power in the whole car when you try starting my car its just like your trying to start a car in gear thats what my car does so any suggestions?
Does the car start at all? If so, what do you do that makes it start?
When you turn the key to ON what does the Security light do? It should come on and stay on for a few seconds and then turn off. If it'* flashing, that means it didn't read the right resistance for the key in the ignition.
Try a different key if you have one. Clean the chip in the key with a pencil eraser. Clean the two contacts inside the ignition lock by dipping the key in rubbing alcohol (or the drinking kind like vodka) and put into the ignition to carry alcohol in on the chip to clean the contacts.
if the security light stays on flashing, it will flash for 3 minutes and then let you try another key insertion.
If it'* not reading the right resistance, it can be due to the two thin multi-stranded wires that go up through the steering column are breaking where the tilt occurs and that causes the resistance to change.
Or the key contacts are not making contact against the chip.
Of the Theft Deterrent Module is going south and not working right. Does the security light come on occasionally while driving? Then go off while driving?
Solutions: replace the key contact setup by putting in a resistor set at the bottom of the steering column in the two wires leading up to the top of the steering column. Need to read resistance of the key chip and check with VATS websites to see which of the standard 15 resistances that is close to. Resistors can be purchased at Radio Shack and soldered in series to get the right resistance to jump the two wires.
Have an alarm installer shop put in the resistor pack they use to bypass the GM VATS when they install an alarm. They buy the resistors from suppliers.