Why does the anti theft system keep tripping on my 03 malibu

Kris Robinson
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Asked by Kris Feb 23, 2011 at 12:19 AM about the 2003 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Every other day my anti-theft system goes off in my car then I have to reset it. It's not hard, but it is a pain in the butt. Why is this happening?

5 Answers

James Turner
145

it needs a pass lock sensor/ ignition lock cylinder

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
welhambro
10

This is a common problem with older model (hopefully not newer model) malibus. Google "problems w malibu theft system". Wait 10 minutes until the light stops flashing, then start. Repairs could run from hundreds to over a thousand dollars. Could be a bad key, computer or ignition assembly. Try the less used spare key which should be straight and not worn too much. The system should read it better. Start car with your foot over the gas pedal rather than the brake, then gun the engine. You may have to keep the key in the start position a little longer than usual for it to start. In the long run you may have to repair the problem as it may get worse and compromise your safety even more.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
MelMo84
10

I have the same car, with the same damn problem. Someone recommended this to me because it 'resets' the system. It is recommended to do it 3 times which will take up to half an hour. My vehicle usually recognizes the key about a minute after it's set to ACCESSORY. 1. Put the key to accessory and wait until the dash lights up 2. Turn the car off without starting it 3. Turn they key again (repeat step 1) then start it up in a smooth motion 4. Repeat #3 5. Repeat #3 I have not tried this yet because that theft system is a hit or miss. It usually likes doing it when I am leaving work! A few people have told me it's worked. Maybe the THEFT SYSTEM will go off when I am driving down the road!! It hasn't done anything though, the light just stays lit.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Carol Fragola
40

All these cars with problems and when I called Chevy & GM they act like they never heard of this & the price they tell you to fix it which is not guaranteed are crazy.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Gail Shaw
30

I have the same problem and my car is an 04. What do I need to do it doesit all the time now

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

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