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Old 09-10-2008, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Blinking Passlock light on dash

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2007 Ion 2.4:

The above light started flashing last night.

The owner's manual does not go into detail on how to turn it off.

The Saturn folks told me today that I would have to go to a Saturn dealer to have this problem fixed.

ARE THEY FRIGGIN' KIDDING ME ?

Any advice on what to do would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-10-2008, 07:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: Blinking Passlock light on dash

First, welcome to the boards.

Why is taking a 2007 car back to the retailer for a flashing security system icon such a big deal, you're still under warranty aren't you? If the Passlock system malfunctions, you aren't going to be able to start your car and you will need it repaired anyway. Why not get it done before it becomes a nuisance/problem/catastrophe?

While this forum is certainly convenient for many people, it won't solve every Saturn issue that crops up.

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Old 09-10-2008, 07:27 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums.

The passlock light blinking means there is a problem with the system.

Could be the Key, the ignition, or something else.

Something from the net.

I took a look at my ignition pieces and studied how each one operated. I purchased the car used 1 month ago and already experienced 6 ignition failures related to the Passlock system. The blinking light on the dash with the padlocked car gave it away. I noticed that it doesnt fail to start with my wifes key (not original). When the ignition key is inserted into the ignition fully, it pushes a pin out the other end of the ignition assembly which pushes in the pin in the Passlock which is attached to the end of the ignition assembly. I believe the original key is too short to begin with. The difference in the two keys is the tip. The dealer ship made a spare key from a different blank than the original. The tip on my spare key is considerably longer which ensures that the Passlock pin is pushed in. The blank may be a valet blank. A new key like i have with a longer tip is well worth a try. I hope this solves your problem too.

Passlock also shuts down the fuel system if the key fails to make the switch at any time ie. key on the edge of being too short.

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Old 09-10-2008, 07:57 PM   #4
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My 2000 LS has had this problem periodically, It seems to have lessened alot by getting some new keys made. It is a horrible pain in the butt though. The passlock reset procedure takes 30 minutes.
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Tech Tips: Perform the Passlock learn procedure as follows:
1. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
2. Attempt to start the engine, then release the key to ON. The vehicle will not start.
3. Observe the SECURITY telltale, after approximately 10 minutes the telltale will turn OFF.
4. Turn OFF the ignition and wait 5 seconds.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 two more times for a total of 3 cycles/30 minutes.
6. The fourth time the engine is cranked, it should start and run.

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