Oldsmobile Cutlass Parts And Oldsmobile Cutlass Accessories
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The six generation midsize variants of Oldsmobile\'s classic Cutlass nameplate featured an integrated anti-theft system that automatically shuts off the engine and gives an alarm once it detects the vehicle is being broken into. And while this system is great at deterring potential thieves, it can be quite a headache if it goes on accidentally. Poor installation procedures, low-quality chips and components, or even simple wear caused by age can activate the anti-theft system and brick your car.
A blinking anti-theft light in the dashboard does not mean all hope is lost. In many cases, the anti-theft light may have been activated due to a loose wire or lack of sufficient battery power. To fix it, open the engine bay and look for loose electrical connections. If there are, detach and reattach the connectors and try restarting the car. If you have installed aftermarket electrical devices, such as custom car horns, try detaching or disabling them first to see if it fixes the problem.
In addition to loose wires, check if the battery has sufficient charge; a drained battery may trigger the anti-theft system. Recharge the drained battery, place the key into the ignition and turn slightly into the right. This will give power to the Cutlass\'s various electrical components but not to the anti-theft system. Leave the key in this position for 10 minutes, after which the anti-theft system should be disabled and the engine able to be restarted.
If you\'ve completed these procedures and the engine still refuses to start, the anti-theft system in your Cutlass has been fully activated and must be professionally disabled and reprogrammed.
If it\'s a factory-installed anti-theft system, there\'s really no going around it aside from having your vehicle towed to a dealer. Stock anti-theft systems are designed to thwart professional carjackers, so it cannot be easily disabled or bypassed even with the right equipment. This means that it is definitely possible to get around your Cutlass\'s anti-theft features; it can be too time-consuming or complicated for an average car owner such as yourself to accomplish in your own garage.
On the other hand, if your car is locked by an aftermarket anti-theft device, you can check the instruction manual included in the kit on how to disable it. You can also try locating all the places where the device is spliced to your car\'s wiring and detach them, or even call the manufacturer and have them remove the device or replace it with a new system.
The best option to repair the anti-theft system in your Oldsmobile cutlass is to have its central module detached and reprogrammed. Or if the module itself is faulty, it will need to be replaced and reprogrammed as well. Reprogramming can only be done by a dealership technician using a factory scan tool or a locksmith that\'s proficient with computer keys. The process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours to complete, as anti-theft devices have built-in time delays to discourage thieves from using a scan tool and access codes to hack the system and reprogram the modules.