Chevrolet Malibu Problem Report
Chevrolet Malibu No Start Due to Failed Passlock Sensor
The passlock sensor in the ignition lock cylinder may fail causing an anti-theft system fault and a no start condition. Our technicians tell us that the ignition lock cylinder should be replace to correct this condition.
Loved my car until recently. Go to crank it and the anti theft light would be on. The first time I had it towed but since have learned the trick to leave the ignition on for 10 minutes or so to allow the system to reset. This works but is very inconvenient and has cost me two batteries. I finally took it to a Chev dealer but they want $450 to fix. This is totally ridiculous. If GM is aware of this problem and it is as common as it seems, they should fix it or at least make it affordable to be fixed. - Visitor
2002 Chevy Malibu 1 Owner - well maintained and then WHAM! After numerous times of a "no start" situation replaced battery. Driving down interstate w/80 year old mother in passenger seat - dashboard lite up like Las Vegas - car went dead had to coast across 2 lanes, an on-rampl onto shoulder! Indiana Roadside Assit rolled up immediately - thank goodness. Tapped on fuel pump w/stick and said: it's your fuel pump. Replaced fuel pump, $425 and 2-days (if that) later - it's doing it again. Only this time that pesky Anti-Theft has declared itself...and like the others, while I didn't realize it - I would throw the door open, turn the ignition to A/C - fiddle around with the ignition 2 - 3 X's - get frustrated - lit a cigarette and after half-a-smoke try the ignition and the DANG this usually starts. GM - Chvey - someone ought to have the butt whipped for doing us this way! I mean after all isn't it our tax dollars that bailed them out. I am a single, hard working adult female and not knowing if my auto will start is not what I call a sense of safety/security as their recent commercial for Chevy Pick Ups suggest they are famous for. - Visitor
YOU HAVE TO TURN YOUR KEY ON THE ON POSITION AND LET IT SIT UNTIL THE THEFT LIGHT GOES OFF (10-15 MIN) AND IT WILL START RIGHT UP - Visitor
We do the ten minute wait thing. Then it starts. What a hassle. - Visitor
The car wouldn't start, you had to have a special way to start it. 9 times out of 10 you would have to wait the 10 min. or so to let the anti theft code reactivate. Finally paid over $300 to replace the ignition switch. - zachsmom
replaced cylinder but still happens periodically. Seems like an electrical issue cause other warning lights come on and off, blinker malfunction. - tnaolson
THERE IS NOW A RECALL, i JUST GOT NOTIFIED, DUE TO ME CALLING NUMBER I POSTED IN THIS NOTE!! PLEASE PEOPLE CHECK IN AND REPORT YOUR PROBLEM! I have had the same problem start with the anti theft system going off and having to wait ten minutes for light to go out and start vehicle. it is getting worse and sometimes does it three times in a row. what would ha[[en if I happen to stall out somewhere then that anti theft system goes off and I cant start car back up? Possible rear end collision? I am disabled and never know where I will get stranded in the heat and cold. I was told the ignition switch needs replaced for about $ 300.00. The only way to get G.M. to deal with it is to report it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA) which I just did this morning. they need enough complaints to do an investigation into it in their database so my advice is to do the same. there are to many years of models involved with this issue to not report it. 1-888-327-4236 or 1- 800-424 9153. They will take complaint and send copy of report to you. then periodically have to check website for investigation or recall - diana07
disconnected after market security and ha remote start installed, no more problem - daviddebbie2
change key ignitionswitch car wont start - Visitor
the car will start occasionally and then will crank over and not start - at this time i show no spark - and than it will start like there is no problem. We are also having a problem with the anti theft system which started about a year ago. A friend told me that he read "if you wait five minutes and try to start the car it should start and it worked until now it seam the problem has grown. At this point I have taken it to a mechanic, who told me he can not fix it, that it is a dealer item because the ignition switch needs to be relearned. - Visitor
The anti-theft device is no longer lighting up? - Visitor
The Passlock system has failed twice since new. The first time it cost $420. This time I'm out $600. The last fix only lasted three years. - Visitor
I had this problem about 6 years ago but did not know what it was. I had my fuel pump replaced, then my ignition switch replaced right after. Over the years, it sometimes didn't start, so new starter and other things, that I'm just finding out a few months ago what the problem has been. I have called the dealership numerous time about any recall on this vehicle, and nothing. I been having an awful time starting my car, the time is getting longer and longer. I called in June 2014 to check for recall, they said no recall. I called an alarm place today Sept. 12, 2014 to see about getting it fix, because it is starting to cut off on me while driving and they tell me it is a recall. I called the dealership, they tell me it will be one, that I will get a letter in the mail. But meanwhile what am I supposed to do. This should have been handled accordingly. I am very upset. - tmagee
having problems with the starting when it does start it will run for couple weeks then then the it won't start it turns over but won't start its good up to this problem what would it cost to get this problem fixed - Visitor
Theft system light is on and I'm not able to start my car. It was working perfectly fine the day before and started this malfunction all of a sudden. - Visitor
When I go to start my 1999chevy Malibu, a lot of the time the theft light comes on and the car won't start for at least 10 minutes. Its so frustrating, especially when we have to be somewhere at a certain time. We have learned to leave early, just in case. Its a great car other than that! But we don't have the money to have it fixed, who does!?! And besides that, I have read on other sites that some people have waisted money getting their car fixed, and it still do the same thing. Sounds like a waiste of money to me. People just have to learn to deal with it and leave a little early!!! But I don't have to leave the key on the "on" position. Just turn the key back off and wait! - Visitor
my problem is not fixed I am trying to find out how to synche ignition switch to engine so car will start - Visitor
Put on emergency brake to keep your head lights off, turn ignition key for 10 minutes then start the car. - Visitor
No prior warning, engine cranked but no fire up. I tried another set of keys, changed shift selector from park to neutral, parking brake, locked and unlocked the doors and trunk, all of to no avail. Had the car towed to a local independent repair shop they diagnosed a bad Failed Passlock Sensor, which was replaced. $371.00 later I got my car back. Rich - Visitor
Could be a couple of things I replaced the relay. - lergic2
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