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08/97 Tahoe with no chip key and it won't crank over. And security light is on solid

It has no chip key .and its throwing security light on the dash . It doesn't blink its on solid and when u turn the key to start it doesn't crank over. But all the dash lights turn or and gauges work. What's wrong with my Tahoe bout to give up

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What did you do with the original key . it is a chipped key with security code embedded to turn off the security system .

Posted on Sep 20, 2015

Testimonial: "i dunno where the orginal key is at i bought a used styeering column with a ignition key at a salvage yard"

  • Stuart Lead
    Stuart Lead Sep 20, 2015

    plus the key is a double cut edged key

  • ray gallant
    ray gallant Sep 20, 2015

    then you need to take the vehicle to your local dealer and get the code for the car matched to the column not something you can do .



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