2000 3.1 V6 Malibu – I cannot get the engine to crank. What I have done in the last 2 months; Replaced the battery – tests @ 12.98V cables off, 12.78V cables on, 12.58V with key in (KOEO) position Replaced the Key way lock cylinder – previous to this key would not turn back fully to OFF position. Used the old ignition switch, but had to put the old fob with the new key to get theft system to relearn. I still had issues, so I followed a walk-through on how to place a resistor inline on the wires leading to the pass-lock to avoid the system. It worked. I used a 2.100000k ohms.
New ignition switch – this was 3 weeks after the new key way. Car would sometimes start rough, and still had to bang the shifter hard into park to get it to start. The last time it ran, it hit a bump, ran up to a gas station and never ran again, no crank no start. No theft light blinking.
What I have have done in sequence is a new lock cylinder, bypassed the pass-lock, drove the car successfully for several weeks minus the banging shifter, had car die, replaced the ignition switch, put the wires on the pass-lock back together removing the resistor, tested the solenoid on the starter with success, tested the battery with success, removed the compustar 4200 connectors with no change to the lack of start. I had forgotten I even had a remote starter it died 3 weeks after I bought the car. Put it all back together- no change.
What happens when I try to start the car; I connect the negative cable on the battery, which sparks a bit more than usual, I get in closing the door, I insert the key in the ignition and turn 1 turn, just dinging as usual. One more turn to ON, and the car dings eight times I see all lights come on and then off completely the only light that flashes is seat belts. 5 seconds later the car dings 3 quick times, then the fuel gauge lights up as though its empty with the orange light-the car has at least half a tank. The only other lights on are the ABS – i disconnected in an unrelated time years ago, the parking and brake system lights and airbag. When turned to RUN everything disappears, the lights dim slightly, but nothing happens, no crank, no start. I never get a blinking or constant theft system light.
I read an article which states that theft deterrent doesn't interfere with crank, and I also read that the ECM, neutral safety connection at the transmission could all be NFG...but I am so helpless as to where to start next, and this is my only vehicle. I will not be getting another one for some time. I am borrowing until I solve this, and getting very exhausted. Can someone help me?