Pontiac Firebird Problems

Car Won't Start and Security Light is On on Pontiac Firebird

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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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Pontiac Firebird Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 130,214 (12,000–221,460)
10 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002
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Sometimes works sometimes doesn't. GO to start and hear fuel pump go then turn key more and hear click. Security light turns on with nothing else happen. Tried unplugging battery and reconnecting with no luck. Later I will try to start and car fires right up.
security light keeps coming on replaced the ignition and didn't help had the transmission worked on and now its worse than before.i'm wondering if i disconnect the security device if that will stop my problem. Linda
Car starts up fine, but after driving for a bit, if I shut it off..
(to get gas for for exmaple or stopping by the liquer store)
then try to start it back up, nothing happens..and then I have to get a jump start from another vehicle for it to fire off.

89 pontiac firebird V8 351 vette engine, automatic

This has been happening for many years..
I've replaced, batteries, starters, ignition...
the only thing next I was going to try, is to rip out the cobra alarm system..
any thoughts or help?
my security light is on while i am driving and it stays on . i have tried to clean the key and it still is on
Car would intermittently decide not to start after not alarming correctly. By 'not start' I mean nothing - no lights, no chimes, just completely dead, and I know it wasn't the battery. Would have to arm/disarm the alarm several times until it set correctly, then try to start the beginning this worked. As time progressed, I had to wait a while (5-10 minutes), or switch to a lesser used key. In any case, I always had to make sure the car was armed/disarmed properly before it would start. Now it is completely dead and nothing works. Wires must be completely severed?? Will update if and when we can get it fixed.