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Buick LeSabre Car Won't Start Because of Anti-Theft System That Uses Raised-Chip Key

Buick LeSabre Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 127,730 mi (20,948 mi - 270,000 mi)


Problems with the anti-theft systems using the raised-chip key can prevent the car from starting. The wires in the steering column to the ignition lock cylinder tend to break. The the key and ignition lock cylinder must be replaced to correct this condition.

  • rose58, , 198,000 mi

    When I turn the ignition ,all lights come on but it doesn't start

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  • Visitor, , 165,000 mi

    when the key is turned no power to anything but,insttrument lights.

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  • Visitor, , 270,000 mi

    Same problem with key. Mech. thought it was the starter but even with a new one no starting at all. They tried to re-program but no positive results at all. Put it in neurtal and started once but would not start after. My Security light was on for about 8 months prior but no problem starting the car at that time. Security light turned off for about 3 weeks before this so I thought it was OK-reset.

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  •  Rookie

    the car would not start do to anti-theft system. I cleaned the key tried again and it started. this has happenthree times since I have owned the car.

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  • Visitor, , 53,451 mi

    Car wouldn't start. Had it towed. Anti-theft system was found to be culprit.

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  • Car Won't Start Because of Anti-Theft System That Uses Raised-Chip Key

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    had to get new keys and ignition cylinder replaced. About $500

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  • security light on and vehicle will not start

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  • Visitor, , 173,000 mi

    my buick was killing on me at turns and stops but work start right back up I changed the battery and now the car wont start at all what can this be alternator starter and battery brand new

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  •  Enthusiast

    VATS failed due to broken wire inside steering column ignition switch. Total bill including keys, reprogramming, etc. $550.

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