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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 00, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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I have an 89 camaro rs, with the pass-key system in place, how do I have extra keys made for my car? I never knew that I had such a feature until today when my car did not start with copied keys that I had made. Do I have to go straight to a dealer or is there someone else that can do it for me? Thanks.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 00, 10:43 AM
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Your keys have a pellet in the stem that has a specific resitstance value, the car's system reads the resistance value and allows the car to start when satysfied. If the pellet makes contact poorly it can cause trouble. The system allows two tries I think, then disables starting for 10 minutes. Then you can try again.

Check with the dealer, or a locksmith, a good one, not the hardware store guy.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 00, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the information, I appreciate your explaination of how it works, I know some things about cars, but not a whole lot of specifics.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 00, 05:53 PM
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when we had copies made for our 89 pontiac formula, we had it done by the local gm dealer. it was pricy, but no other way. i think you might need vin number or something, my dad did it, so the details arent clear. if i were you, just to be safe, i would drive your car so they can gather any other nessecery info, eliminating extra trips.
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Any GM dealer can do it but u r correct they r very expencive...I think they charge around 30-40 bucks....grab your yellow pages and call a few GOOD lock smith places and see if they do it....most larger lock smiths do do them and i think i was charged 25 bucks for mine
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 00, 09:21 PM
 
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I know it disables a good security feature but I have seen kits to bypass the pass key feature in several of the hotrodding mags, just a thought
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 00, 05:57 PM
 
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look inside the Ign tumbler, (where you put the key) and u will see 2 pieces of metal.
take a pick and slightly bend the tabs towards the center(increases pressure).
also try cleaning the tabs (in tumbler)and the resistor in the key with a razor blade(scrape it once).
try that first then you must goto a G.M.dealer(trust me/i work there)
and get your key resistance read,if thats the problem(replace it/new one cut).
also may have 2 replace the ign. tumbler also. another one of G.M.'s awesome ideas
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 00, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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My pass key system works fine with keys made with the resistance pellet. The keys that I had made were from wal-mart, without the resistance pellet. So I have to go straight to a GM dealer to have copies made...Thanks everyone.

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