2000 Cadillac El Dorado Theft Sytem Problem

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Electrical problem
2000 Cadillac El Dorado V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 53176 miles

Without warning, car suddenly wont start, an error message appears" Theft System Problem, Car may not start, tried another new set of keys, still wont start, turned key on for 30 minutes no change. I gave someone a jump two days before, could that have caused problem and if so what could problem be? What range of dollars are we talking to repair?

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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 AT 1:16 PM

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Hello KyGent60

The anti-theft system may not be recognizing your key because the chip inside the key is faulty or has been damaged. Or it may not be reading the key because of a fault in the receiver inside the ignition switch. Sometimes interference from other computer chip keys on your key ring may be interfering with the signal that the correct key is supposed to be sending to the receiver in the ignition switch.

One of the protective measures that is designed into today's anti-theft systems is that only new car dealer
Personnel with factory scan tools can access the system for diagnosis or repair. So if you have a problem with a factory-installed anti-theft system, it will most likely mean a trip to the dealer for diagnosis and repair.
Call a tow truck and have your car towed to the dealer for diagnosis and repair.
Reprogramming can only be done by a dealership technician using a factory scan tool, or by an authorized locksmith if you can find one who can do computer keys. The typical charge for this may be $75 to $150 depending upon how long the procedure takes.

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