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The car is a '96 SSEi, with 265K miles on it.
Had the ignition switch replaced 4 years ago, due to someone else losing the only key to it the day that I bought it. DOH!
For years, the car has a problem that it triggers the security system, instead of starting when you bump the key. It would usually start after a few trys. Sometimes jumping it off would start it.
Over the years it has gotten worse.
Keeping the battery cables clean and tight seemed to help it at times when it became really annoying.
Now it'* deader than a doornail. Every time I try to start the thing it just lights up the SECURITY light.
I've cleaned the key.
I replaced corroded negative battery cable, and the smaller ground wire is spliced into the new cable..
Replaced the ends on the positive battery cable, and the two smaller cables.
I switched everything to top post while I was at it, my battery has both top and side posts, and extra CCA over what the car called for.
Battery checks good. 803 CCA and 12.7V at the parts store.
Starter checks good. Kicks like a mule.
When it quits raining I'll reinstall the starter and try again.
I have looked at the VATS bypass info and will try that if the results are the same.
Any insights would be helpful.