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No Start Due to Failed Passlock Sensor on Chevrolet Malibu

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

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Chevrolet Malibu Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 109,605 (5,000–263,000)
17 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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Tried to start vehicle today and was unable to. Lights on dash, shift console and marker lights all would flash with a clicking sound. I could not remove ignition key.
I checked battery voltage and is 12.9v.
I also tried to reset anti-theft system with key in the on position for 10 minutes. No help.
Guess I will have to call the dealership tomorrow to get an answer.
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.
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.
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
Car won't start. I did the tricks but still won't start. Please don ever buy chevrolet vehicle's.
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
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.
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
I'm the one only owner, drives fine besides replacing engine. Now driving for months after replacement it won't turn over and names weird clicking sound while showing security icon.
I bought my 2001 Malibu in January of 2015. The theft system light was on when I bought it and the gentleman selling it told me that he replaced the ignition when the light first came on because he was told that would fix the problem but it didn't. When I started having problems I looked on your website for recalls and I found one for mine so I took it in but I'm still having problems. I never know if my car will start or if it will lock me out and I'll have to wait which is very inconvinient. Is there a way to fix this so it doesn't happen anymore?
replaced cylinder but still happens periodically. Seems like an electrical issue cause other warning lights come on and off, blinker malfunction.
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.
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.
my problem is not fixed I am trying to find out how to synche ignition switch to engine so car will start