The engine may start and stall with the security light flashing. This is commonly caused by a failed passlock sensor which is part of the ignition lock cylinder. A secondary cause could be the ignition switch itself. Worn contacts inside the ignition switch can cause voltage drop issues which can affect the passlock system. Proper diagnoses should be performed before replacing any parts.
Car Problem Reports
Chevrolet Impala Engine Starts and Stalls Due to Secutiry System Fault
Chevrolet Impala Problem
Engines Affected: 3.4L V6, 3.8L V6
Average Mileage: 119,344 mi (35,000 mi - 236,772 mi)
car wont start due to no fire to the crank sensor and fuel pump
Visitor, 2001 Chevrolet Impala, 95,123 mi
Security light on cant start car electronic systems in car will not work is there a recall and repair plan for this ?
Visitor, 2003 Chevrolet Impala, 3.4L V6, 88,352 mi
NOT STARTING and SECURITY LIGHT is problem--no problem with engine stalling
every month or so--SECURITY LIGHT comes on and stayed on for few minutes
6 months ago, 3 months ago
when key turned to start car--no sound--not start
all electrical devices work
wait---then start after 3 to 15 minutes--engine has NEVER stalled
then last week, not start, rotate through messages
3 minutes, 15 minutes later--still not start
half hour later, car started, but CHECK ENGINE LIGHT came on and stayed continuously each time engine was started
Mechanic charged retail to replace ignition lock cylinder $ 225.90, almost that much to remove and replace, plus diagnostic fee, and recoding and reprogramming fee
Visitor, 2005 Chevrolet Impala, 3.4L V6, 131,321 mi
its not fixed yet but this information is just what I needed. thanks repairpal
Visitor, 2003 Chevrolet Impala, 3.8L V6
Car will not start and security light is on. Wait about 20 minutes then car with start. Keeping happening on and off. Then finally I have to buy new battery like every 6 months. Haven't repair yet, trying to find out myself if anyone solved this problem.
Visitor, 2004 Chevrolet Impala, 3.8L V6, 152,000 mi
The check engine light is on and no DTC's are present. The car cranks but dies not start and the security light is flashing
Visitor, 2000 Chevrolet Impala, 3.8L V6, 152,000 mi
sooo irritating when it does this!!!
Ocassionally car will not start. 9 times out of 10 if I try again in 15 or 20 mins it will start then. GO Figure??
Visitor, 2003 Chevrolet Impala, 3.8L V6, 95,000 mi
Still a problem!I have to remove Battery cable for 15 mins and then it will start.I no longer trust this car.
Visitor, 2002 Chevrolet Impala, 3.4L V6, 200,000 mi
Car would start but once I arrived at one location tried to go to another it would not start had to wait 15 minutes to half an hour,replaced BCM,ignition lock cylinder and switch now engine is shaking real bad horn doen't work, power locks, windows or trunk do not work on it security light is on.