Car Won't Start and Security Light is On on Buick LeSabre

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.

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Average mileage: 188,490 (20,948–2,206,996)
14 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005
73 people reported this problem
35 people shared problem details
When I turn the ignition ,all lights come on but it doesn't start
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1996 Buick LeSabre165,000
when the key is turned no power to anything but,insttrument lights.
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1997 Buick LeSabre270,000
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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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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1998 Buick LeSabre53,451
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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security light on and vehicle will not start
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1994 Buick LeSabre173,000
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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1997 Buick LeSabre65,000
had to get new keys and ignition cylinder replaced. About $500
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VATS failed due to broken wire inside steering column ignition switch. Total bill including keys, reprogramming, etc. $550.
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1994 Buick LeSabre98,500
Used bypass to circumvent ignition switch. New switch & key were quoted at over $550 by dealer.
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1994 Buick LeSabre169,420
Have had this issue for a couple years now. Occurs sporadically seemingly at its own whim and always at the worst possible times (when I was being followed by someone after a late night grocery run). I've even had a duplicate key made thinking there might be an issue with surface contact/conduction but the problem still continues to this day(07-17-15)!
1998 Buick LeSabre2,206,996
Turn key on every thing come on but won't turn over
When I first put my key in the ignition all my dash board lights go on then when I go to start the car nothing happens. All the dash lights go out and the car won't start .
need by-pass for the anti-theft module and I need to sue Buick over multiple repairs that don't stick
1997 Buick LeSabre71,000
Left this stopped got gas picked up mom went to eat ready to leave car would not start tried to jump it still would not start
pass key problem no start start and die and just die fixed with new rockies bypass module expensive but works
1997 Buick LeSabre150,000
I had this problem also,took it to my local mechanic he rewired the ignition switch and disabled the security system and its working just fine.
2001 Buick LeSabre200,000
The same as everyone else...
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