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Old 05-01-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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It started fine Friday, today it doesn't even click when I try to start it. I tried a different battery (even tho mine is new) nothing still. My security light is flashing (I have the passkeys) I tried one, waited the 3 minutes for it to reset.. then used my spare key. Same results. I looked at my owners manual.. it does have the diagram for the fuse boxes, and I could get my nephew to look at it later, (ignition fuse? passkey fuse?) but wondered if it is something simple I am overlooking,before I go further? Thanks much, Leah
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Hello that happend to me before twice the first time my starter went bad another time car wasnt in park all the way
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Check for voltage at the starter. If you have battery voltage then check the shifter, might be out of adjustment. If that does nothing, remove the starter and have it tested.
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I don't think it'* the shifter, I tried to start it in park and neutral several times. Wouldn't the starter have given me some clue that it was going out? It'* always been easy to start.
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Try to locate the starter and tap on it a few good times with something with some weight on it and then start it if it fires up its your starter
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Does your Security light stay on after you attempt to start it, or does it just flash and go out like it normally does? If it stays on or continues flashing, it'* the Pass-Key system, and I would check your ignition cylinder or perform the bypass.
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Does your Security light stay on after you attempt to start it, or does it just flash and go out like it normally does? If it stays on or continues flashing, it'* the Pass-Key system, and I would check your ignition cylinder or perform the bypass.
It just continues to flash until I remove the key. From my book, I know the fuse box on the passenger side has a couple that I might need to check. And I'm not a blonde.. but Ignition cylinder? Not sure where/ what that is.
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Try to locate the starter and tap on it a few good times with something with some weight on it and then start it if it fires up its your starter
Ty, will try that in the morning, I'm relatively certain I can find that, lol
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Different years handle VATs in different ways.
92-95 if the car cranks, vats is not the issue
96-99 if the car does not crank, vats is not the issue.

I suspect the starter. Starters can simply die right there, no warning.
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ughhh! OK, I tried that with the starter, nothing. Took it off & had it rebuilt (the guy said it wasn't engaging)... Put it back on.. same thing. I'm thinking VATS. I have noticed that my automatic trunk button, on the dash, is also not working.. could that be part of VATS too? (and yes, the switch is flipped to ON in the glove compartment. Someone else suggested that a GM shop may be able to reset the VATS?
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