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How to Bypass your VATS

This is a discussion on How to Bypass your VATS within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; that is wrong. the resistors go end to end like a human centipede lol...

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    that is wrong. the resistors go end to end like a human centipede lol

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    start with your meter in the high setting


    measure your key pellet or put the key in and measure like so. You want to test on the key side twords the steering wheel
    (wires will be white not green)


    find your resistance ( 1 of 15) this would be 1870 and use one or more resistors to get as close as you can ~+/_ 5% of the vats resistance not your key. always use the same meter used in the car as they can be off. my meter is off by 15ohms due to worn leads and dieing battery

    i used 2 resistors here


    hook up to your plug


    solder and tape.


    plug in and go
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    that's how I did it except I soldered the resistors to the white wires. I cut those wires about an inch or so on the column side of the plug, soldered the resistors end to end between them, and pluged it back in. That's another thing...if you have more than 1 resistor you have to do them end to end in a series and not all twisted together in parallel. Current is like water.....it'll take the path of least resistance. You probably already knew that but thought I'd throw it in there just in case.
    Quote Originally Posted by 2001SSVert View Post
    It's funny how when VATS starts to go... it goes really QUICK.

    I've had my 2001 SS Convertible for 7 years now, never a problem starting, but suddenly in the last few weeks it went from an occasional 'SECURITY' lamp and then start...to waiting for one 3 minute cycle for the lamp to go out and try again and start... to waiting TWO 3 minute cycles and then start... to changing the tilt up all the way and turning the steering to the right and swearing loudly then start.

    Went to what was once RadioShack up here (now called the Source), bought a resistor value pack (5% 1/4W), a multimeter, already had the soldering gun & solder (from fixing the factory flaw solder cracked connections on the BCM for the intermittent windows/convertible top problem - has worked perfectly since)

    Tested my keys... Original Key was 4.72K Ohm, Newer Spare was 4.76K - Corresponds to pellet 11 that the chart says 4.75K is nominal.

    Soldered a 4.7K & 47K resistor together in series to the ends of the cut white wires with orange shrink connector, wrapped in electrical tape... Completed Bypass tested in the multimeter to be exactly 4.75K

    Plugged back into the connector, turned the key... Started up good as new, NO 'SECURITY' Light! Imagine...Actually starting your car the moment you actually need to GO! Like NOW!

    VERY HAPPY! Thanks LS1.com
    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    if you do the vats bypass you don't need a chip in the key period. It's not your key. You're either not getting the correct resistance or you're wiring it up wrong. There is no pellet key for 6 ohms. You're probably seeing 6k which would mean you need to get a series of resistors to get you to 6040 ohms which is the median for that pellet code. After that make sure you're wiring them in between the wires correctly and if you're using more than 1 resistor they have to be connected end to end.
    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    what do you mean by that? You have a 2 wire connector. After you cut the connector off you want those resistors end to end between the wires on the car side of that connector....not the column side. You're using the resistors to bridge between those wires. If you're doing that and the car won't start then you don't have the correct resistance.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    No. You have to use the one that is closest to your key I believe.
    And it sounds like you wired the resistors in parallel. You need to wire them end to end (in series) like 0rion said.
    Quote Originally Posted by JDHedman View Post
    that is wrong. the resistors go end to end like a human centipede lol

    we probably should've mentioned that in the thread somewhere.

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    Ah! See that's what I wasn't getting lol how to put the resistors together! Thank u, I'll go try this and let u know what happens.

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    I think my problem is elsewhere. I tested the resistance at the white wires with the orange and didn't get a reading at all. What's next? My is about 1860 and my resistors are 1800. That should work right?? Time to take off the steering column?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thechad125 View Post
    I think my problem is elsewhere. I tested the resistance at the white wires with the orange and didn't get a reading at all. What's next? My is about 1860 and my resistors are 1800. That should work right?? Time to take off the steering column?
    My key* is 1860

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    Cut off the orange cable with the white wires, put your 1800 ohm resistor on it and plug it back in. Your car should start.

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    I did, nothing happened.

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    stick your meter in the plug (after you have the resistors wired in) and post what resistance you're seeing. Your security light was on prior to all of this correct?

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    yes it was, I'm getting no resistance anywhere

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    show me another picture of what you have......you have something wrong somewhere.

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    Ok I have it set up right now, got the right resistance and the security light went off. Still didn't start. I feel dumb for not mentioning this earlier. I had a dead battery when this started and the motor turned but not enough power to start. The starter clicked a few times at first and now it's one click. Ok so when I try it without resistors it blinks which it didn't use to and it doesn't make that click. Nothing happens. All signs seem to be pointing to a new starter you think? I measured like u showed in the pic and got 1800 with resistors. I have a new battery btw since I've started this. Put ur thinking caps on. May need to start my own post for this one...don't want to get off topic

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    Definitely start a new post, please

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    It was my starter. But my seceurity light is gone! lmao! So embarrassing.

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    if your security light was on then it was only a matter of time before vats kept you from starting the car. Even if it wasn't on.....it would've been at some point. That vats system has close to a 100% failure rate...it's not "if" it goes out but "when". Glad you got it figured out...

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    I need help with my 99 camaro what kind of resistors do i need to purchase and where can i purchase some resistors from?

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    "gold band" resistors.....1% tolerance......radio shack used to have them. It's been years since I've been there though. Check some local electronic repair shops or you can order them on the internet if you're not in a hurry for them. They're cheap. Have you checked the ohms on your key to see what you need yet? It's critical that you read through this thread and avoid the silly pitfalls that seem to hang people up. This really is about the easiest fix you'll ever have to do. If you don't understand it by all means ask as many questions as you need to ask prior to starting it so you don't run into the frustrations. This is a 30 minute $5 fix. That picture I posted up there is pretty much this fix in a nutshell.

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    Thanks I really appreciate your help I order the device to test the ohms of my key I should get it soon!! As soon as I get it I will test my keys and I will need some help from there!! I will definitely be reading these post to avoid silly pitfalls!!

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    I can't find any gold band resistors where can i find some resistors? give me the links to a website where i can get them please!

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