2002 Pontiac Grand Am

Tiny
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  • 2002 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 113,000 MILES
My car died at my buddies last week and I had to get it towed to a garage. They charged me 200 bucks and said they had to reset my computer. Here it is less than a week later and my car is in the driveway and wont start. It turns and turns but doesnt start. The security light on the dash is blinking. I dont know what else to do.
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Saturday, April 18th, 2009 AT 7:03 AM

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Tiny
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Try the passlock relearn:Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
Attempt to start the engine, then release the key to ON (vehicle will not start).
Observe the SECURITY telltale, after approximately 10 minutes the telltale will turn OFF.
Turn OFF the ignition, and wait 5 seconds.
The vehicle is now ready to relearn the Passlock√ Sensor Data Code and/or passwords on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK.
Important: The vehicle learns the Passlock√ Sensor Data Code and/or password on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK. You must turn the ignition OFF before attempting to start the vehicle.

Start the engine. The vehicle has now learned the Passlock√ Sensor Data Code and/or password.
With a scan tool, clear any DTCs if needed. History DTCs will self clear after 100 ignition cycles.
Try this, if the vehicle dosent start again replace the ignition switch, this is a very common problem. Also have it scanned for any theft deterrent codes, it probably has a B2960 code. Post back with what you find.
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Saturday, April 18th, 2009 AT 10:16 AM
Tiny
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My car actually started. So what I payed 200 dollars for at the garage, you guys fixed for a lot less. Thank you so much. I was wondering though, Since I reset the passlock relearn now will I have to do it again and again or will the car be OK now that it is reset in the computer? If the security light comes on again can I reset it again? My buddy said that if it happens more than 3 times it goes into my history and the car will automatically not start.
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Saturday, April 18th, 2009 AT 11:30 AM
Tiny
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Yes it will happen again, but it could be tommorow or it could be a year from now, you can relearn it each time but thats not really fixing the problem its just putting a band aid on it. The ignition switch on these go bad all the time, if you get sick of relearing it replace the ignition switch and relearn it and this problem will go away, I"ve done so many of these at the dealer in the late 90"s. As far as the garage yes they did charge you to clear it and reset it, not much else. Post back with any other questions.
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Saturday, April 18th, 2009 AT 3:26 PM
Tiny
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Thanks guys. As long as I can fix it on my own untill I save some money for a new ignition switch I guess I'll deal with it for 10 minutes. Thanks again guys.
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Saturday, April 18th, 2009 AT 6:48 PM

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