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I have a 1999 Chevy Tahoe the security light is on it cranks

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I have a 1999 Chevy Tahoe the security light is on it cranks up but shuts off my key doesn't have a chip I've tried everything but nothing works been sitting for a year
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry your having this problem

99 % of these with the security lights on are an issue with the pass lock sensor that is built into the outer ignition lock housing case bad and not reading the key correctly

the key itself has a resistance reading built into the head of the key that the sensor reads when the key is put in the ignition lock cylinder

unfortunately the only fix for this other than sending the engine computer out to have the security system programming removed from it is to replace the outer ignition lock case that has the pass lock sensor built into it

you can try the relearn procedure i will list below to see if it will run for you so you can get it into the shop to be fixed

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  1. Momentarily rotate the ignition key to the CRANK position (Do NOT start the vehicle), then release it to the RUN position (Do NOT key OFF in the process).
  2. Wait 10 minutes. Observe the SECURITY indicator. Refer to the following list for the appropriate responses:
    • If the passlock sensor was replaced the SECURITY indicator will flash for the 10 minutes duration.
    • If the EVO/passlock module was replaced, the SECURITY indicator will flash for a few seconds and then remain ON for the remainder of the 10 minutes duration.
    • If the VCM/PCM was replaced with a new programmed VCM/PCM and connected to the vehicle for the first time, the vehicle will start and this procedure may not be necessary.
    • If the replacement VCM/PCM was connected to any vehicle at any other time, even momentarily, the SECURITY indicator will flash for a few seconds and then remain ON for the 10 minutes duration.
  1. The SECURITY indicator will transition from flashing to ON briefly to OFF after 10 minutes if remaining in the ignition ON position.
  2. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position and wait for 10 seconds.
  3. Repeat steps 3�6 two more times. The new security code is ready to be communicated among the Passlock sensor, EVO/Passlock module and VCM/PCM. The new password ***** ***** on the next ignition lock cylinder cycle from OFF to CRANK to ON (start attempt).
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have tried that already
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

if that is not working try to disconnect both battery cables for 5 minutes then touch the 2 battery cables together for 2 minutes then re connect the battery cables and see if it will either start up and be fine or still do this

i am assuming the engine will run on starting fluid ?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay will try that but is there a way to eliminate this problem all together
Expert:  Gary replied 1 year ago.

the only way is to send the computer to a place like this here

places like this can remove the programming out of the computer for you to eliminate the system all together