Steering column/Ignition

Tiny
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  • 1997 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
I just replaced the complete steering column on a 97 Pontiac Grand Am because the ignition could be turned on without the key. It ran fine then wouldnt start at all and made no sounds. Now after installing the column it attempts to start, but still doesnt. It turns over now but will not fire, and on the dashboard it has a blinking theft system light on (wasnt on before). Will this prevent the car from starting? Does it have anything to do with the chip in the key, as the key is a different one now. Does the theft system turn off the fuel pump?
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 12:11 AM

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Tiny
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You can relearn the new key by turning to 'on' and waiting 10 minutes for blinking light to stop then start car. Should work after that.
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 2:05 AM
Tiny
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Hey, a big thanks to you, awsome advise youre the best thanks again! Of course our battery is dead, but were gonna charge it up and hope it starts. Thanks!
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 3:50 AM
Tiny
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The actual procedure is try to start, then relax key to on, wait 10 min then turn key off wait 10 seconds then start. There is also a way to permanently modify the system as there are usually troubles with it down the road. It involves putting a resistor in the key sensing circuit so so your keychip is not a part of the system anymore. You can have normal keys cut that work.
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 5:06 AM
Tiny
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Still didnt start?
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 5:43 AM
Tiny
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Fully charged battery still did not get the car started. It turns over but not starting or running yet. Theft system light did go off. What now can I do?
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 5:21 PM
Tiny
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The Passlock family has two basic relearn procedures a ten-minute procedure and a thirty-minute procedure and which one you use depends on the system and what components have been replaced.

The ten-minute procedure involves trying to start the engine. If nothing happens or the engine starts and dies, the security light will be flashing. Wait ten minutes. The flashing light should go off or illuminate without flashing. When it does, turn the ignition off, wait twenty seconds, and then try to start the engine. If it starts and runs, everything is okay. If you get the same result as previously nothing happens or the engine starts and dies with the security light flashing wait ten more minutes.

You will now begin the thirty-minute relearn procedure, which is just the ten-minute procedure repeated three times. After turning the ignition off for the third time and waiting for twenty seconds, the engine should start and run. If it doesn't, there may still be something wrong with the system.
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Monday, January 24th, 2011 AT 5:25 PM
Tiny
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It had nothing to do with the relearn procedure, it was the crank sensor. And we had the dealer replace it and the car is running and operable now. I refuse to pay the fee to you, because you werent able to diagnose my problem. Thanks for your time.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 AT 2:32 AM
Tiny
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HHMMMMM, how odd is it that CS happen to mess up just when you changed column? The only clue is this statement by you. It ran fine then wouldnt start at all and made no sounds. You really didn't make it clear that THAT was the reason you changed column and NOT the key issue? I'm no psychic you know? Although I TRY? Poorly organized 'info' gets iffy advice? Try harder to be more accurate next time. Thanks
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 AT 2:46 AM

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