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1998 grand am se: kick..My key doent have a chip in it and key

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I have a 1998 grand am se that the theft system has kick in and we can't get it off. My key doen't have a chip in it and I also got a new key for it and neither key is working. They fit the ignition. I just need know what to do for the theft system.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Pontiac
Expert:  Bill replied 5 years ago.

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It can be the passlock sensor in the ignition cylinder has failed but initially let me ask, when you turned the ignition on was the amber security/theft light on or flashing? ALso, did you have a fully charged battery and leave the ignition on for 10 to 12 minutes waiting until the security light went out?



Customer: replied 5 years ago.
the security light has never blinked,and yes the battery was fully charged I am sure it went down some because we tried it off and on for about 2 hours. It has happened to me a few other times and have been able to do the passenger or the ignition deal 3 times and it would start. the car is a 1998 I didn't realize I put 1996.
Expert:  Bill replied 5 years ago.

Have you had the vehicle scanned for fault codes to confirm it is a theft deterrent fault? Also, after the 10 to 12 minute wait with the ignition on, does the security light go off?



Customer: replied 5 years ago.

No I have not had it scanned. I had to have it towed home because it happened when I was out shopping. The security light never went out. I forgot that we also unhooked the battery and tried the 10-12 minute ignition on.

Expert:  Bill replied 5 years ago.
Sorry for the delay. We may need to have the system scanned to see if there is communication with the theft deterrent system and the body control module. I have seen water leaks from the cowl drip onto the BCM and cause a no communications issue and no start.