Passlock Problem, Won't Start & Anti-Theft Light Is On


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
132,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. turn the key to accessory for 10 minutes, then try to start (1 reports)
1998 Pontiac Grand Am electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 142012

Grand Am

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,000 miles


Okay, so I have been having this "security" issue with my car, where it turns over and wants to start, but it won't because of some default in the anti-theft security system. I found the other posts about the 10 minute fix turning it to "ON" and then trying to start it. I tried that 3 TIMES and it did not work. Then, I tried turning it BACK to the accessory position for 10 minutes and VIOLA! It worked! Now the damn thing is running, but it revs up all on it's own when it's in park. Revs up and down, up and down, up and down, like a heartbeat. Anyway, I just got home from the grocery store and it was revving in park, so I waited a minute to see if it would stop, but it didn't, so I just turned the car off. When I got out it smelled like gas. What the hell is up with that? This car is a death trap, I feel like I am going to die in a fiery death in this POS.

Anyway, I wanted to let others know to try accessory if ON isn't working, and also ask, why is my car revving on it's own in park?

- , St Paul, MN, USA

problem #1

Sep 072009

Grand Am GT 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

the car thinks some one is trying to steal it thats why when you try to start it, it wont crank up. for me i had to change the speedometer because it was not working properly with the computer. once i changed that the car worked fine. also i deleted the anti theft codes on the computer and changed the ignition switch. but if you see certian symbols on the dash stop working then its most likly the speedometer.

- , Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

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