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1990 pontiac firebird/305 will not start r even make a clicking noise with key but if you move the steering wheel to the side it will make a clicking sound tried starting it underneath with starter turns over but wont start. Please help

Hi Carla:

The factory security system is preventing the car from starting. ther are wires in the steering column that are attached to the lock cylinder and the wires broke off you wiggeling the steering wheel is enough of a vibatation to make the wires touch momentarily but not good enough to allow it to start and run. it needs a new lock cylinder and a key for that new cylinder cut with the same resistor # that you have in your current key. this is a dealer only part. they will need to read the pellet # on the key to cut the new key to match the cylinder. sounds confusing but really it's not. they need to match the pellet that the car knows to the new key code the lock cylinder will have.  

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General auto repair,electrical issues,driveability issues,anti-lock brakes,SIR systems,HVAC,engine performance,Gm specific. I have worked at my current dealership since the 1990 model year anything much older than that I have limited exposure to. I do not have very much transmission experience so those question you may want to ask of another expert. When you send me a question let me know the exact make/model/engine and year for the car or suv you have it makes it easier to answer the questions that way. If your happy with the answer I gave you please feel free to Donate. This is a free service to you and I am not compensated at all by this web site. I have 22 years of experience to share with you and my knowledge wasn't free to me. I had to pay for my education.


Experience in the area: I have been a technician in GM dealerships for over 22 years and I am a ASE master technician. I work at a Buick and GMC truck store Previously I worked at a Pontiac GMC store for 18 years. I Served a a lead technician when dealership was on a team system. I just recently moved to a Buick,Hummer,Saab Store when my franchise was purchased by this dealership. Organizations: ASE master technician


Education/Credentials:High school diploma,2 year vocational school degree 2 year college degree. Associates degree in applied sciences (auto technology)Awards and Honors: GMC master technician

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