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Hi,

I have a 1998 chevy malibu that has recently developed an issue. Upon getting into car & putting the key in the ignition the "theft system" light comes on & flashes...then the car wont start. The light will go out after 10 minutes or so & car will then start. My mechanic thinks it may be related to the ignition switch as you can also remove the key fron the ignition when the car is running....any ideas???

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GM Passlock system inaction... This is a fairly common problem. Easily fixed as you've seen. Usually it stays fixed for a fair amount of time. If it continues you may have to get a new ignition switch in order to stay stable. Make sure the battery and all electrical connections are good first as this usually only happens after the car battery has gone dead (or maybe just too low - cold at night?)

P.S. This whole system can be bypassed but I'm not that smart...
 
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