I hope you guys can direct me on this topic. I have almost no knowledge about anti theft systems.
There was an attempt to steel the above car, but the thieves were interupted. They were able to pry the lock cylinder from the column, but that’s as far as they got. The owner said that when the police arrived…one officer put the key in the cylinder…stuck the cylinder back in and was able to start the car. THen after awhile they decided to move the car to a better spot to keep an eye on it…and the officer was able to restart it to move it.
THe next day the owner couldn’t get the car to start, so they had it towed.
I went to look at it today and the cylinder was laying on the seat. If you put the key in the cylinder with a little wiggling you can get it to engage back into it’s position in the column.
Before I go any farther, I should say that the battery was completely dead before I got there and we put a charger on it.
Getting the cylinder in place and you can turn the key and all the warning lights will illuminate as they should, but when you turn to start there is nothing.
THis was with a charger with a start feature, so it should have at least did some clicking
With the cylinder out…looking into the hole it looks like the only damage is at the bottom outside edge…where you can see frayed copper strands, buy they don’t look as if they are from a wire, but rather imbedded into a black rubber ring at the edge.
THere is a big gouge where the bottom of the cylinder sits, and I presume that this is where they got the leverage to pry the lock out.
- Why was the officer able to start it twice, or maybe the owners did something not in the right sequence as the officer…and they put the security system into theft mode.
- My mechanic I work with tried to explain to me that there are two systems that were used and thus two different sequences that must be taken to let the computer relearn the key. He explained that it had to do with weather there is a C??? number on the key or no numbers at all… It looks like there are no numbers on this key.
He was trying to explain this to me, but there were two loudmouth, know it alls in the shop that I couldn’t concentrate on the mechanic and filter out the babble and bantering. I’ll call him about this tomorrow, but if anyone has any other ideas…I could use the help