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12-16-2008, 07:51 PM #1
When I turned the car on tonight the "security" light came on and stayed on.
what could be the prob?
12-16-2008, 08:21 PM #2
Some thing with the VATS system. Probably the motion sensor died.
12-16-2008, 08:36 PM #3
how much is it to fix??? do i need to take a trip to the stealership?? or is simple enough for me to do it?
12-17-2008, 02:15 AM #4
Simple enough to do it your self, its behind the panel where the spare would be on the fender, you can disconnect it and leave it or replace it, Its simple plug and play. I have mine disabled to keep it from setting the alarm off all the time.
That is on the assumption that your car starts fine with no trouble.
12-17-2008, 04:14 AM #5
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They are vibration sensors. Not motion and mine did this last night after dropping it in snow. Its the resistor in the key that got dirty. Buy some air in a can and blow out the keyhole and then clean your key with rubbing alcohol and run it back and fourth into the keyhole.
Should reset it, the vibration sensor would set the alarm off and probably keep the red light on in the heater dash vent..
12-17-2008, 01:59 PM #6
try the above mentioned first and see if that helps. You can also just try switching keys to see if that helps you but chances are your vats is about done. The wires in the column just get old and break or wear down to where they don't make contact. The system is a pretty easy and cheap one to bypass. $10 or less and it'll take you ~30 minutes to do if you decide to go that route. By pass instructions:
12-22-2008, 11:14 AM #7
damn i wish i would have known that i spent money on extra keys that I ended up losing 1 anyways
01-07-2009, 05:49 AM #8
I've seen a lot of recommendations on bypassing the VATS system. What about actually fixing the problem? I'm curious why the default answer is bypass rather then fix. Does it involve replacing the ignition system and getting new keys in exchange for lots and lots of cash?
01-07-2009, 05:57 AM #9
01-08-2009, 04:53 PM #10
I was looking at this place. (http://www.carlocksandkeys.com/servlet/StoreFront)
If you look at page 11 under keys you will find the VATS key.
If you look at page 29 under locks you will find the VATS lock cylinder.
Both under the Chevrolet list.
01-09-2009, 03:11 PM #11
Well I got the security light to go off on my 96 Z. Spent 1.00 on a five pack of 1.5K ohm resistors. Soldered them all together in series, cut the male plug of the wires going up the steering column, and it's plug and play baby. Went ahead and ordered the new lock cyl. and keys from http://www.carlocksandkeys.com to repair it correctly later.Thanks for the sticky on VATS.
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