Problems with 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 key and ignition lock cylinder should be replaced to correct this condition.Google+
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Oldsmobile 88 Car Won't Start Because of Anti-Theft System That Uses Raised-Chip Key
Oldsmobile 88 Problem
Average Mileage: 130,343 mi (40,500 mi - 266,000 mi)
Same here,here's what to do,check ohms resistance resistor in key.I called an electronics place that sold me all the possible resistors for that car.There is a kit with 15 resistors,pick one that matches key,connect between 2white wires.This bypasses the need for contacts in switch and resistor in key.INTERSTATE ELECTRONICS IN HAZLET NJ knew just what I needed,AND ONLY COST 5 BUCKS FOR KIT.
Visitor, 1997 Oldsmobile 88, 97,735 mi
Car security Light flashes when turn key to start Have Interlock on car..had the Lifesaver Tech check their system and He told Me it was the Anti-Theft System that was preventing the car to start Is there a recall for this problem even afer All the years passed Have owned the Car 6.5 yrs this being 1st this problem occured
Visitor, 1999 Oldsmobile 88, 160,000 mi
At times the car will not start and the security light comes on. Have to turn the key to the 'almost start' position and let it 'reread' the key. When the security light finally goes off the car will start. Some times it takes only a couple of minutes, sometimes you will be sitting in the cold or blazing heat for approximately 10 minutes. This definately needs recalled!
Visitor, 1996 Oldsmobile 88
went in store came out car wont even turn over security light flashing new starter still wont engagevery odd?
Visitor, 1994 Oldsmobile 88
The same thing happened to me. I have to have the whole ignition lock cylinder replaced. its gonna cost me 425 at ron goodmons auto repair
Visitor, 1992 Oldsmobile 88, 150,000 mi
My car wont start security. Light flashing
Visitor, 1999 Oldsmobile 88, 48,500 mi
Security light is on, and car will not turn over. Replaced the started. Hope its not that awesome plastic intake that GM produced, as it was replaced at the dealer less than 7000 miles and one year ago at the cost of 1000.oo
Visitor, 1996 Oldsmobile 88, 89,000 mi
security light is blinking (perhaps always did) and when I turn the key to start the car, the gas gauge goes all the way up and that's it.
Visitor, 1997 Oldsmobile 88, 40,500 mi
just jiggling key to start til that doesn't work anymore
Visitor, 1996 Oldsmobile 88, 96,000 mi
car randomly won't start. usually starts on the second try, but occasionally takes 5 minutes or more.