Engine cranks but no ignition

Tiny
JEFFSAL87
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  • 2000 SATURN SL2
  • 1.9L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 137,000 MILES
Engine cranks but no start and no security light indicating Passlock fault?

Drilled out old lock cylinder and replaced with new one a few days ago when it locked up and we couldn't get it started. After I re-keyed and installed new cylinder, it started up for me a few times before seizing up again. I removed the whole ignition housing unit and messed around with it till I could get the new cylinder out (in one piece) and figured out the mechanics causing it to seize. Now I can get it to turn over but it will not start. No code besides P0480 and no security light comes on indicating a Passlock problem. Stuck and looking for a little insight before I buy more parts.
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 AT 8:41 AM

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Tiny
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So it started before the ignition cylinder locking up?
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 AT 8:53 AM
Tiny
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Yeah sir. Besides the cylinder giving us trouble somethings, it never had trouble starting. A few things I forgot to mention is when I try to start the vehicle I can hear the pump running and afterwards the smell of fuel is strong.
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 AT 10:13 AM
Tiny
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Have you checked to see if you have spark?
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 AT 10:48 AM
Tiny
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Yes sir
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 AT 11:19 AM
Tiny
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Have you tried spraying a little carb spray into the throttle then see if it starts?Also have you tried holding the gas pedal all the way to floor while starting it?
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 AT 12:08 PM
Tiny
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Turned out the passload module was bad. Replaced the ignition housing and then did the relearn procedure and she fired up. Thanks though.
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Monday, February 22nd, 2016 AT 11:43 AM
Tiny
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All the ones with a bad pass lock sensor I have seen on those cars turns on the security light when it doesn't start. Without a very advanced scan tool you couldn't have seen the trouble code in the body control module the bad pass lock sensor sets.
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Monday, February 22nd, 2016 AT 12:36 PM
Tiny
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In the process of removing a seized up lock cylinder, the passlock failed completely. Then the passlock sensor couldnt communicate with the bcm, consequently making it difficult to diagnose. Luckily I had a gut feeling about it.
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Monday, February 22nd, 2016 AT 10:00 PM
Tiny
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Yeah the newer cars really need a lot more advanced scan tool to help diagnose them with the more and more computers they add to cars.
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Monday, February 22nd, 2016 AT 10:25 PM

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