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1 6th May 22:09
msldyc23
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Hi,

I have a 1998 chevy malibu and Its giving me problems plus I owe more then
its worth:^(

About a year ago I started having a problem with my theft system. At times
I go to start my car it would never start, however my theft system light
would begin blinking. Once it stops flashing- which took 600 seconds, you
can ATTEMPT to re-start it. ( it may start and it may not)

The first and second time I took it in to the dealership they said they
ran diagnostic and nothing was found wrong with the car.

A few weeks passed and the problem started again, It wasnt starting at
all. At times it didnt even try to turn over, my key was turning but the
engine didnt budge. My key wasnt catching.

I finally got it towed to the dealership and they said it was the pad lock
system? they had to change my aggnition switch because it was not
responding to my key? Some other garbage they told me.

So-okay we got it fix. WRONG!!! A month later im having the same issue,
however this time they say my battery is just about dead and it needs to
be replaced and my coal pipes need to be cleaned. They said that should
fix it.

NOPE, IT DIDNT !!!

Now its to the point my theft system light just comes on while im driving
and even stays on. I take my car back up to the shop (everybody knows me
now)and they tell me nothings wrong because it starts right up for them
and they have tried and tried and tried to find a problem to fix but
cant.

Again I go ..........


It doesnt start on me again and now im pissed, I call the dealership and
they have it towed to there shop only to finally find the problem. How
convienant for them, my warrenty expired 1 month prior. Had they found the
problem 6 months ago when it started I wouldnt have had to pay $650 to get
it fixed. Need less to say the guy who helped me have been helping me
since day one of the problem. He said he can take $100 off because he
understands ive been having this isssue-------- but im sorry: Im 22, a
single mom, part-time student and work full time I cant just come up with
$550 to get a car fix.

I got the car 2 years ago but now its a pain. Almost every other day it
want start. It to the point now that i have to leave 20 minutes early for
everything only because I never know when my car will and want start and
stay late just because my car didnt start.


Please Im begging ,I have just about had it with my car, If there is
anyone who knows a solution to my car problem please let me know.

Is there anyway to deactivate the Theft System?

Thanks

Msldyc
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2 6th May 22:10
james c. reeves
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Ouch! Hopefully someone here has some suggestions.
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3 6th May 22:10
terry
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Recently I purchased a '98 Malibu, the guy who sold it to me said he had
deactivated the anti-theft system (maybe it was doing the same thing yours
was),
showed me the wires under the hood that he had disconnected. You should
be able to drop in at a reputable full-service gas station-auto repair type
place
and have them disconnect the wires, they might even do that for free.

Good luck, also good luck with your education (I'm a college teacher)--

Terry M.
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4 6th May 22:10
msldyc23
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Great Thank you, I will have that looked into first thing monday morning.
In the mean time, im still open for other suggestions- just in case.

Terry,

Thanks for the luck, education is very important, teachers is what we
need, you keep it up :^)
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5 6th May 22:10
terry
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Yeah, now I just have to convince my daughter that education is the most
important thing...she'll be a senior in high school next year, she wants to
go to
college but doesn't know what field....

Terry M.
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6 6th May 22:10
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My ex-girlfriend (****s.. wish I still had her) drives a 98 Chevy Malibu LS.
Hasn't had this problem though...

BUT.. you are our eyes & our ears. The car isn't in front of us... it's in
front of you. So let us know every last detail as to the condition of the
car please. Does it idle rough? Do you smell anything that you think you
shouldn't? Is there a chip in the key (PATS system)? Is the check engine
light on? If so, what are the codes being thrown? Any other MIL's
(malfunction indicator lamp)? Anything helps.

The only thing I can really suggest before going so far as to disable the
anti-theft system is to disconnect the ground battery cable... and leave it
disconnected for 25 minutes. This will reset the computer & *maybe* fix your
problem. If you do decide to just disable the anti-theft system... go to a
REPUTABLE shop (I *cannot* stress this enough) and if it is just a simple
wire disconnecting job.. don't pay more than $20 USD.

Just my .02 cents.

-Mike

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7 7th May 17:56
littlebutt
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Girl I feel your pain. I have a 99 Malibu and it's one problem after
another. My theft lock system has been acting up since this summer and
every time I think about having someone look at it another problem occurs.
Did you find the wires to disconnect the theft lock system? The one thing
that I do know is that there will never be another Chev parked in my
driveway after this one. I really wanted another 4 years out of this car,
but I can't really afford to keep it.
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8 7th May 17:56
littlebutt
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Girl I feel your pain. I have a 99 Malibu and it's one problem after
another. My theft lock system has been acting up since this summer and
every time I think about having someone look at it another problem occurs.
Did you find the wires to disconnect the theft lock system? The one thing
that I do know is that there will never be another Chev parked in my
driveway after this one. I really wanted another 4 years out of this car,
but I can't really afford to keep it.
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9 7th May 17:56
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Yo I'm not a girl..

-Mike

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A happy kid behind the wheel of a 98 Mustang GT
Cold air intake
FRPP 3.73 gears
Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter
Flowmaster 40 Series mufflers (self-installed woohoo)
Hi-speed fan switch
255/60R-15 rear tires
Subframe connectors
Aluminum adjustable clutch quadrant
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10 11th May 19:00
selcouth1
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WOW, I feel your pain, I also have a 98 Malibu and also the same problem.
At random you go to start it and the theft light blinks at you and cuts
the engine off. Some time later when its good and ready it starts up fine.
I dont understand what the blinking theft light is about when you are
already driving though. It has never cut off once it fully starts, but its
just enough to make you nervous and not want to turn it off for fear it
wont start again.
Of coarse the manual says to take it to the chevy dealer if the theft
system malfunctions.
The Chevy dealer told me (get this) that they would be happy to look at it
(for $80) but he wasnt sure if they would be "allowed" to disable it as
opposed to fixing it. Allowed???? Needless to say I still have my $80.
But something has to be done as my husband is going to wear out the
starter cranking the darn thing in frustration when it does this.
As for your situation, I dont think that is fair at all that they dodged
fixing it until the warranty was over then wanted $550, I would call the
GMAC 800# and complain til my voice went hoarse.
good luck!
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