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Old 10-22-2003, 08:01 PM
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Camaro Security Light on!!

Hi all.....

I am new here but hopefully someone can help. I just purchased a 1991 Camaro RS and have this happen twice to me. You put the key in and the SECURITY light goes on and of course it won't start. Last time, after awhile, (and, stupidly, licking the key- thinking that it may help the contact) it started. This time it won't.

I am pretty good with the older stuff but know nothing about this car. I need to get a service manual but hope someone here can help.

Thanks

John L

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Old 10-24-2003, 05:08 AM
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You might want to do a search thru our Knowledge Base and see what you find. You can also check this site and read thru some of the questions and see if anything of the answers come close to your problem. Here is the site

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I had the same bug on by '89 IROC. My problem was that the wires going to the reader in the key switch for the passkey broke because the movement of the column every time I got in and out. If you look at the key the little bump near the base of the key is actually a resistor built into the key. You can either open up the column and repair the wire (mine didn't stay fixed long) or read the resistance of the key with an ohm meter and find the wires going into the column and cut and insert a resistance of the same value as the key to bypass it. Mine ran that way until I sold it.
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Try cleaning the key and a small shot of WD40 in the lock Cly.
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I had the same problem and fixed it the same way that shortstep did. Just get a multimeter and get the resistance. Radio shack sells the 8 common resistors that it can be. It cost me like 0.28 to fix the problem instead of replacing the ignition cylinder. On my monte carlo it was the orange wire with 2 wires inside it. Its pretty easy to figure out which one it is since it is the only signal wire coming from the steering wire I believe.

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1991 camero

I have the exact same car with the exact same problem. I have not try'd it yet but plan to. I have found out through hours of searching that in your key you have a resitor. If you take an ohm meter reading on the key, if it is like mine it will have .510 K ohm resistance. To make a long story short under the steering column there is a connector for the lock cylinder, I am not sure were the lock cylinder is but if you unplug it and install the resistor across the end that goes to the car wiring harness. It is supposed to fix this problem. If you find out something else, I wish you would let me know.
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I'm having the exact same problem, what was the resistance that you guys ended up having on the key? Are there any other ways to fix this? Thanks
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They are called VATS Keys

There are 15 different resistors, dealer or locksmith have keyreaders that can determine which one you have....personally I'm going to bomb the switch in my corvette doing the same thing with contact cleaner (none plastic eating tupe)
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