Car Won't Start and Security Light is On on Oldsmobile 88

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.

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Average mileage: 135,005 (20,000–366,245)
10 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
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I try to start my car but it never wonts to turn over i thought it was my starter found out it was my anti theft system how do i override it
1996 Oldsmobile 88 168,979 mi,
Security light is flashing and car will not turn over how do I fix it
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
went in store came out car wont even turn over security light flashing new starter still wont engagevery odd?
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!
1992 Oldsmobile 88 150,000 mi,
My car wont start security. Light flashing
Same problem. Car would not start and sometimes not even turn over. Was told anti theft system was the problem. Tried new key and that worked for a short period of time. Finally bought a bypass module from and installed it myself in just over 1 hour. Problem solved!
1999 Oldsmobile 88 150,000 mi,
anti theft system wont let car start.
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.
1995 Oldsmobile 88 90,000 mi,
key turns over engine but fails to start some system keeps the fuel injectors from getting fuel..i pull out key and wait 10 minutes for so, and it runs...
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.
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
1994 Oldsmobile 88 150,000 mi,
I began to have problems starting the car. I would turn the key and the car would click, no engine turnover. I noticed the SECURITY light flashing and read about the problem. Then after a couple tries the car would start. This went on for a couple months, now it won't start at all.
1996 Oldsmobile 88 96,000 mi,
car randomly won't start. usually starts on the second try, but occasionally takes 5 minutes or more.
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
1997 Oldsmobile 88 40,500 mi,
just jiggling key to start til that doesn't work anymore
car won't start, security light keeps coming on
1998 Oldsmobile 88 150,000 mi,
Car would not start. I took it to the mechanic and he replaced starter and did other repairs and I still had the same problem. I googled care problems with the 88 olds and it said anti-theft system that uses raised chip key .So I tried a key that I seldom used and it started the car. I took it to the dealer and told them what I thought the problem was and they fixed it. the car works find. I now have over 170,000 miles on the car and it's running just find.lock cylinder was replaced and I got new key.
1995 Oldsmobile 88 163,000 mi,
Turn key. 1 click. No clicking or turn over. New battery fully charged and new coil. Problem was never resolved. Car is dead as it is.
1997 Oldsmobile 88 105,689 mi,
security system locks car even when you're driving down the road it shuts off. Very dangerous.