Re: Ignition problems
Welcome to the Club! Hope you enjoy your membership here. Yes, the chip in the key is a resistor. One can measure the resistance with a DMM(digital multimeter). The key chip is the other half of the circuit in the VATS module.
More than likely, the socket for the reading the chip has worn itself out or, needs a good cleaning, along with the key. The "leaves" of the socket are not not the strongest items, there are very thin and do lose their elasticity, thereby becoming "sprung."
To check VATS, attempt to start the carafter it has sat for over an hour. If no starter action, but everything elsr works, turn the key off and remove same and wait for a min of 3 1/2 minutes. Attempt to start with the same key and car should start.
There are VATS bypass kits on some members here have made a permanent fix with a few Radio Shack parts. Do a search and those diagrams will show up.
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