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If you have someone scan the computer for trouble codes, the code will point you in the right direction to find the problem.

Chevrolet Malibu... | Answered on Jan 27, 2020

Use amp meter and determine power draw against fuse size. Something is shorting - but if you can determine how much power is trying to go through you can devise a fix.

2008 Chevrolet... | Answered on Nov 09, 2019

It's when the security light starts flashing that the infamous "chip" in the key becomes a nightmare to many. Gradually the car begins not cranking anymore or if it cranks it would start and die in a second. Randomly it will do this more and more often until it won't start anymore. VATS, PASSkey and Passlock immobilizer systems are killing cars all over North America, they have a short lifespan and are certainly more effective against owners than thieves. Here is how you save your car
1st trick, Try a spare key that is newer or used less. The pins wear down and so do the keys causing security fail. 2nd trick, (if not starting) turn the key forward 2 clicks till right before it would normally start, leave like that for 10 minutes. ( no less ) After 10 minutes, turn key back then forward and your car might start. I did this in my regal for more than a year. If its shutting down while running, im sorry i have no quick fix... If anything on this page helps you, please remember to comment or give me a thumbs up on the myfixya sight so i can have a better rating to help more people on this. Thanks

Cheap fix: Bypass the chip in your key. Temporary, but effective. Until the TDM (theft deterrent module) in the dash poops out, then you're kinda screwed. I was told that these types of key security systems have a 7-10 year life span. Sucks for us. This link explains the "Key Issue" pretty well.

Never worry again fix: Bypass the whole VATS/Passlock/passkey I or passkey II system entirely. Literally take it out, and throw it away. I just did this in my Regal. Took about an hour. Took longer to find the thing than it did to fix the problem. They sell a unit for 200 bucks to totally bypass this system FOREVER. life time-money back and all that. Finally did this in my car. Well worth the 200 if you've looked into getting this replaced... Anywhere from 600-1000 bucks. If you do buy this, please purchase it thru this link. The cost is the same, but i get credit for the sale and im trying to earn my money back, as you will be able to do if you buy fron NewRockies and join the free affiliate program. Thanks
----- ----- With this fix, you can take that whole Vats, passlock, passkey system out of your car all together. Good info on both sites.

It works for:
Any GM or Isuzu Vehicle with VATS or PASSKey or PASSLock security systems.
If your car has the chip in the key or in the lock cylinder, then you can save it with this Full Bypass.
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2003 Chevrolet... | Answered on Nov 01, 2019

It has a fusible link an it is connected at the starter solenoid B+ terminal .

2005 Chevrolet... | Answered on Oct 20, 2019

Jen please read your question, it doesn't
make much sense?. You didn't name which fuse so I'm guessing you mean the fuse box. On most all GM vehicles they are located on the left side of the steering column. You will probably have to look up user the dash between the steering column and drivers side door. If your looking for a certain fuse Please list the one your looking for. Hope I guessed good and this helps you.

2010 Chevrolet... | Answered on Sep 29, 2019

The service and repair manual will provide you step by step help to fix the problem easily and you will get the manual from the given link

Chevrolet Malibu... | Answered on Sep 24, 2019

All righty then. Just do it.

2000 Chevrolet... | Answered on Sep 21, 2019

Is the vehicle security light lit ? It could be a fuse or the starter relay , or even the ignition switch , or even the PNP - park neutral position switch . This is a complex electronic starting system , computer controlled . The ignition switch is a low voltage input to the the BCM - body control module . When the BCM receives this input to crank the engine a lot of complex commands are sent over the serial data network to the PCM to enegrize the starter relay , there by sending battery voltage to the S terminal on the starter solenoid . If your mechanic disconnected the battery it could have caused the radio to say locked , you need a code to enter into the radio to unlock it , may need to have the dealer hook up their factory scan tool to do that .
Your best bet , find a better automotive technician , not a mechanic.
Circuit Description (Key Start)
For ignition switch power modes refer to Body Control System Description and Operation in Computer/Integrating Systems. Once the ignition is placed in the Run/Crank position, the control circuit of the Run/Crank relay is grounded by the body control module (BCM). With the Run/Crank relay switch closed, battery positive voltage flows through it and on to the park/neutral position (PNP) switch. With the PNP switch in either the Park or Neutral position, battery positive voltage will flow to the starter relay coil supply voltage input terminal of the powertrain control module and the coil side of the starter relay. Placing the ignition in the START position sends a message to the powertrain control module (PCM) requesting engine start. If the PCM has determined that the transmission is in Park or Neutral and theft is not active, it will ground the control circuit of the starter relay. Battery positive voltage will then flow through the switch side of the starter relay to the S terminal of the starter solenoid, cranking the engine.

2004 Chevrolet... | Answered on Sep 08, 2019

There are tons of different systems but a good guess is the right side of the trunk it says right rear. I hope this helps. Take care.

Chevrolet Malibu... | Answered on Sep 04, 2019

The resistor is located on the left front bumper support.To access the resistor on Chevrolet and Pontiac models, loosen the left front corner of the plastic wheel well liner where it attaches to the front fascia. Saturn vehicles do not require you to remove the front wheel or wheel well liner.

2003 Chevrolet... | Answered on Sep 02, 2019

the brake cable line is probably stuck inside it's outer tubing. You have to remove the cable and free it up or replace it with a new cable and housing...i suggest that you gse a water resistant grease on the inner cable before re-installing the cable..DO NOT DRIVE THE VEHICLE UNTIL YOU RELEASE THE BRAKE

2011 Chevrolet... | Answered on Aug 26, 2019

should be located in your fuse box in most cars not all cars the box will be located on the sides of the dash panel open the car door you should see a compartment there or under the dash driver side. and it does not reference it there your last resort is under the hood in the main engine fuse box how that helps

Chevrolet Malibu... | Answered on Aug 20, 2019

you can get guide from many sites.. i know few
error codes/ fault codes, wiring diagrams, schematic diagrams, torque specs, engine info, switches functioning, assemble, disassembly, co mplete refurbish, repair, installation every single thing is covered
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Chevrolet Malibu... | Answered on Aug 20, 2019

I don't have one in front of you, so this is a generic answer. Important: unhook wiring connector or connectors under the seat! If you don't, you will rip it out when you remove the seat and it will be a huge expense to repair/replace it. You should see 4 bolts that attached to each seat legs, unbolt these. If there is nothng else attached to it, you simply remove the seat.

1999 Chevrolet... | Answered on Aug 18, 2019

what number is the cigarette lighter fuse for a 2003 chevy malibu?

1997 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 21, 2019

Can you remove the hold down bolts or nuts that hold the seat to the floor, then move the whole seat to get a look behind the seat? I'd have to look to see if there is access to the trunk, behind the seat. Just a thought.
In the past I have had locks, where I broke the key off in the lock, not automotive. I drilled out the key cylinder to get it open. I don't want to cause more problems than you already have? If you drill out the key cylinder, I don't know if the trunk will open? If so, then maybe you could replace key cylinder after you fix everything. You could call locksmith, see if they can get it open? Don't try anything if your not comfortable with the procedure. good luck.

2004 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 14, 2019

anti theft system light blinks car won't start, crankes but won't start help?

2005 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 11, 2019

disconnect negative battery terminal, raise vehicle,remove splash sheild, if equipped. take wires off of solenoid on starter, remove starter mounting bolts, remember not to mix up wires!! --to install--put starter back in vehicle put in bolts,hook up wires, then replace cable back on battery.

2003 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 04, 2019

These instructions are for the 3.1 L engine with serpentine belt. To change the belt, you need to remove the engine mount first. But before you do that, you must support the engine so it won't tilt after you remove the engine mount bolts. You would also need at least one helper. Here's step by step: 1. Use a jack and a long enough wooden block to cover the oil pan. Larger block will distribute the forces better. Don't use only a jack or a small block, it might crack the oil pan. Note: normally, you shouldn't lift engine by the oil pan, you should use an engine hoist, but carefully support with wooden block works. 2. Slowly raise the jack to support the engine. 3. Unscrew (Counter Clock Wise) the 2 bolts and 2 nuts of the engine mount. It's on the passenger side right next to the serpentine belt. 4. Loosen the tensioner bolt, and remove the old belt. You may have to raise the engine a bit to get a big enough gap to slide the belt through. 5. Put in the new belt and route it according to the diagram, you may have to leave it off one of the pulley because the tensioner is so tight. Don't worry, you'll slide it on later. 6. Put tighten the tensioner back on. Make sure the round metal pin goes in the appropriate slot. 7. Here's the hard part, putting the belt entirely on the pulleys. You have to either: a) Put a 3/8" ratchet in to the slot near the tension pulley that says "LIFT" and pull really hard to compress the spring, while putting the belt on the one of the pulley. Unless you are Arnold, you will need help. b) Pull a rope behind the tension pulley arm and pull while pushing with your left arm on the pulley arm to compress the spring; then get another person to hook the belt on one of the pulleys. 8. Put the engine mount back on. 9. Test run the engine to make sure you didn't mess up. Turn on accessories like A/C. If the temperature goes way up, you messed up. The water pump might be spinning the wrong way. Note: If you don't have a good floor jack, you can jack up the car, place a support under the oil pan, then slowly lower the car until the engine is supported. In this case, jack-stands or blocks under the frame are a good idea to avoid lowering too far

1998 Chevrolet... | Answered on Jul 02, 2019

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