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ok first off changing the ignition switch and tumblers will do absolutely nothing sorry if you have already done this. there are three main components to the passlock II system the passlock sensor, the BCM, and the Ecm and of course the wiring in between. Odds are if this keeps happening and there is no other problems such as door locks freaking out trunk release just goin off then it's not the bcm if you do the relearn feature and it works the it is also not the Ecm. so you are left with the 3 wires that run from the bcm to the passlock sensor.odds are the passlock sensor is bad. now there are two solutions either go to the dealer and have the sensor replaced or bypass the system for good. any respectable mobile electonics installer should be able to do this no problem it takes me about 20 mins and i personally charge 40 dollars to do so hope this helps also if you are mechanically inclined in electronics i can send a diagram on how to bypass it yourself hope this all helps
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Hey there MobileInstaller! I have had a problem with my 1997 cavalier. I just bought it last week. I had to put a new starter, alternator, battery, and ignition switch in it and I had it running for 1 day. It ran great! The next day however, I went to start the car and it ran for about 2 seconds. I have tried everything I have read in the forums to get in running. No luck as of yet. I have not noticed any theft light coming on though but i dont have any dash lights anyway. lol Anyways I was wondering if you could help me out with a wiring diagram to bypass it myself. I would love to be able to bring it somewhere to get it worked on but I live 3 hours from the nearest big town so I think I am on my own here. Thanks for the help!
UPDATE: Did the below fix almost a year. Started acting up again about a month ago. Security light always coming, have to wait 10 minutes for passlock reset (almost every day). Had the below fix done again about a thousand miles ago. Works absolutely perfect again. No securit light, starts every time. My mechanic showed me the contacts, and they were badly burned again. He took a dremel with a brush and cleaned them like brand new. I think the problem is GM using inferior metals. Also had to fix my service traction control by cleaning the contacts by the wheels, more than once. Hope this helps someone else, sure has helped me.
Originally Posted by jondoe28
Had this done a couple of weeks ago. Hasn't acted up once, security hasn't come on at
all either. Hired our tractor mechanic to do it. Said 2 contacts were burnt on key switch.
Used sand paper to clean them, and good to go. Cut and pasted from another site:
I just fixed my 2002 impala security light issue. It cost me 2 hours, no money. Here is how the system works. The passlock sensor and the ignition switch are in series. When you turn your key you generate a low current read by the body control module. If the current generated is out of range the BCM won't recognize the signal and your car won't start for 10 min. There could be different reasons why the signal is out of range. On most of the cases the ignition switch contacts are burned out, and this will cause a voltage drop on the contact so the signal getting to the BCM is going to be lower than usual so it will be out of range. Take your ignition switch out (if you don't know how send me your e-mail (believe me I'm not looking for e-mail addresses I just need to scan the instructions, since I have them only printed out) and I'll send you detailed instructions for free. Once the switch is out remove the cover on the back of the switch (it is clipped on, all you need is a flat head screwdriver). Once the cover is removed you should see 5 fairly big electric contacts. I bet at least one or two are burned out. Clean them with fine sand paper until their surface is clean and flat and make sure the steel springs pressing the contacts together are tight and are pushing the contacts firmly. If not, using pliers bend them to get good contacts. Reinstall the switch and your car should start every time. If the contacts are really bad you might have to change the ignition switch.
I know dealers want to change every part on the car so please do not let them change the passlock sensor. The passlock sensor is a hall sensor and there is no reason for the sensor to go bad.
man im new on this board and i hope someone can shed some light,i have a 2002 monte carlo that worked fine for the last few years,i didnt drive it for awhile ,i had to charge the battery and i was going to start the car and nothing, no click no turn over ,the light flashes i can hear some clicking when i turn the key, i have tried all the internet fixes 10 minute wait,take the ignition apart ect, ive been out of work so i cant take it to a dealer can someone point me to the correct way to diagnose and fix this problem ,thanks rags
If your car does not crank then the factory security system is not the problem. you need to start checking at the starter and work your way back. You need to see if the little wire gets power while you attempt to start.
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i checked for voltage at the batt im good i jumped the starter and it turns over but gets no gas from the injectors,the security light comes on and blinks all i need is to find the correct procedure to find what part is bad the ignition was replaced 2 years ago so if you have some info it would be great i need to get this running so i can look for work ,thanks rags
I replaced the passlock sensor a few weeks ago and yesterday the car wouldn't start. Acted the exact same as it did when the dealer told me it was a bad passlock sensor. Now they are telling me it is my after market remote start that has beenon there since a week after I bought the car in 2005. The passlock sensor replacement was very costly but I finally did it after almost a year of them saying that was the problem. The said the new problem does have a code showing up so it is not the passlock sensor now. I don't agree as I don't see how the symptom can be the same for two different problems. Any help would be great.
I just took my ignition switch apart and looked at the contacts, two were discolored, so I shined them up with some fine steel wool and I haven't had a starting problem since, thanks for posting this info.