2003 Chevy Malibu Factory Theft System

Tiny
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  • 2003 CHEVROLET MALIBU
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 63,000 MILES
2003 chevy malibu won't crank. Drove around about 30 minutes, came home got ready to leave 15 min later wouldn't crank. All lights and radio on. Simply quiet. Some reason passenger rear door was open, closed it. Closed driver door turned key. Car started. Drove around 45 mins to an hour stopped at five or six places, got in car started. Got gas drove about 26 miles parked car sit for about 30 min left, engine started. Went about 1/2 mile came back turned off car. Waited about 10 mins. Tried to start again, no sound. Slammed all doors. Don't know why. Turned key, car started. Drove 2 miles to food spot parked, turned off car, tried to turn right back on, wouldn't start, no sound nothing. Hasn't started since. HELP ( UPDATE)
was able to start with screwdriver to starter tap. Theft system light has been on a year, wouldnt go off. Could this have finally blocked charge to the starter?
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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 AT 3:52 PM

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Tiny
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If your having issues with the starter cranking, don't think it is the security system, that is passlock, injector disable. Shouldn't effect the starter itself. Did you try cranking in neutral? The purple wire at the starter solenoid S terminal, should be hot with the key in the crank position. If it isn't, backtrack the circuit.

If you think the problem might be the starter itself, some of the national brand autostores will test it for you. You have to take it off and take it to them.
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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 AT 7:01 PM
Tiny
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Yes I did try it in neutral, got nothing. And I get what you're saying regarding the theft system, but it has never just stayed lite for so long that was my concern. Even though the theft lights been on for nearly a year, the car has always started, therefore I assumed that it was disabled and I'd fix it when I could. The main reason I focused on it, is because when I turn the ignition. There's no sound. I hear and felt the clicking fron under the hood where the fuse box is and actually put my finger on the fuses, felt the click, but no other sounds.I was just trying to figure out what could be stopping the charge to the starter and also if I can turn it over by tapping the starter with a screwdriver. Could the starter still be bad?
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 AT 12:30 PM
Tiny
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Yes, the starter could be faulty. Some of the national brand autostores will test it for free.
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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 AT 6:41 PM

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