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Old 05-11-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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I bought a used car and it only came with keys.

Been having a problem with the PassLock security function and a dealership told me that I could solve my problem by replacing the ignition switch. I did that but the car would not reprogram the system for the new AC Delco switch. So we put the old original defective switch back into the car and it starts but still has the intermittent problem with PassLock refusing to start the car from time to time without waiting 600 seconds.

The same dealer said that my best option at this time is to simply buy a new Remote for the car and it will turn off the Passlock problem when I hit the unlock button on the remote.
This dealer told me that the cost of the Remote key fob was about $75, and included programming, but they don't have any in stock.

So, I took it to my local authorized GM dealership, who had them in stock, but they said the cost was $75 for the part and another $40 to program it? Frankly, I am poor and just can't afford the extra money.

Is there a GM policy about what to charge for replacement Remotes, or does each dealership charge whatever they can get for it?

Thanks for the help!
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You can purchase the remote off Ebay, and pay the dealership just for programming.
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year, model, trim?

the fob just turns off the stock security and locks and unlocks the car. it doesnt have anything to do with passlock. dont trust the stealers they are just shotgun repair men.

you probably need to do the resistor in the key bypass, unless you want to keep the security then we can help you fix it but buying the fob is not going to help you
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Dealerships add their own markup onto the parts. Some are very reasonable and some well... there'* words for them.
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year, model, trim?

the fob just turns off the stock security and locks and unlocks the car. it doesnt have anything to do with passlock. dont trust the stealers they are just shotgun repair men.

you probably need to do the resistor in the key bypass, unless you want to keep the security then we can help you fix it but buying the fob is not going to help you
Ah poop.

We tried the posted instructions for reprogramming the resistor value in the new switch, but after more than two hours of trying it every 10 minutes and 10 seconds, it didn't work. So, we just put the original switch back in since I had to leave to pick up my wife at the bus station and go to work myself.

Would be willing to try and do the clean and replace the grease in the original switch fix, but I am probably not that talented to open the switch without breaking it, and would then have a car which didn't start at all.

Was hoping that buying the remote would solve my problem along with giving my wife and daughter some extra security when using the car at night.

Thanks for the info and help on the remote and at least I have $75 dollars which i can spend on a taxi when and if we need one.
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I dont like all the fancy things they do to cars, it just makes everything so expensive and frustrating.
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you can bypass the ign key part of the passlock for nearly free, just cut the orange wires going up the ign switch, measure the resistance of the resistor in the key and put a resistor of the same value bewteen the wires going back toward the box.

that wont protect you from the passlock mod going bad but it takes the key out of the equation.
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