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Where is the tdm located on a 94 3.8 park ave?

Where is the vats tdm located on a 94 3.8 park ave?

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I'm pretty sure it is behind the glove box in your model. It was in my 95 LeSabre and still is in a 2000 Park Ave. You can find some good info on this page: http://vatspasskey.com

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How do I turn off the security system on my 1994 Buick park ave


The security system (VATS/Passkey) installed on these GM cars is anti-owner more than an anti-theft. There are 3 parts involved:
  1. The chip-key
  2. The lock cylinder
  3. The TDM (aka the brain of the system)
if any of these parts fails or is even slightly malfunctioning, the car stays stuck where you are and you only get a dealer asking you about 1,000$ to fix it. And all the 3 parts have a quite short lifespan. Way too many people got in this situation (including myself). I don't recommend any partial solution or any used parts as it would happen again way too soon to be acceptable and if it happens 100 miles from home (like it happened to me....) it's a big burden. I finally made it to save my beloved 94 Park Avenue (with the exact same system that is installed in your car) with a solution that I found on the internet and that bypasses the entire factory security system, all 3 pieces altogether and you can even remove the TDM at the end and use 99c keys without chip. The product I used is at http://newrockies.com and is still working perfectly after 5 years. Don't go to the dealer!

Dec 15, 2010 | 1994 Buick Park Avenue

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Security light stays on


The security system (VATS/PassKey) is having problems, it's typical on those cars/years. When the TDM starts failing, it will do it gradually and the car will begin to randomly don't start and then get worse with time up to a point that it won't start anymore. It's been a nightmare for us. You can find a great write-up here: http://newrockies.ca , it was the only thing that saved my 94 Park Avenue that has the same security system.

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1996 Buick RIVIERA security light stays on but car functions properly for now


The security system (VATS/PassKey) is having problems, it's typical on those cars/years. When the TDM starts failing, it will do it gradually and the car will begin to randomly don't start and then get worse with time up to a point that it won't start anymore. It's been a nightmare for us. You can find a great write-up here: http://newrockies.ca , it was the only thing that saved my 94 Park Avenue that has the same security system.

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The security light blinks for ten minutes then it will stay on and the car will crank but tired of waiting for that what can i do have wife and three kids


The security system (VATS/PassKey) is having problems, it's typical on those cars/years. When the TDM starts failing, it will do it gradually and the car will begin to randomly don't start and then get worse with time up to a point that it won't start anymore. It's been a nightmare for us. You can find a great write-up here: http://newrockies.ca , it was the only thing that saved my 94 Park Avenue that has the same security system.

Oct 09, 2010 | 1992 Buick Park Avenue

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My security light is flashingiand mysecurity light keeps flashing


The security system (VATS/PassKey) is having problems, it's typical on those cars/years. When the TDM starts failing, it will do it gradually and the car will begin to randomly don't start and then get worse with time up to a point that it won't start anymore. It's been a nightmare for us. You can find a great write-up here: http://newrockies.ca , it was the only thing that saved my 94 Park Avenue that has the same security system.

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I need to replace the ignition switch on my 94 Camaro. Do I have to use a special ignition switch that uses the "VATS" system, or can I just replace the switch that comes with its own set of keys that are...


you can use any non-VATS lock/key and then get rid of the VATS system completely with this: http://newrockies.com . It will save you a lot instead of buying the VATS key/lock to match your TDM.

Aug 17, 2010 | 1994 Chevrolet Camaro

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Locating VATS module under dash


It is located above th glove box you will need to take the upper dash pad off and the glove box asbly out and the module is attached to the dash reinforcement at the top of the glove box vats modules very rarely go bad it could be the ing lock cylinder ck for contanuity of the 2 wires at the bottom of the steering column in the orange insulation with the key in the lock cylinder and ohm meter across the 2 wires you should get an ohm reading then turn the lock cylinder and if the wiring goes to open the wires are broken and the lock cylinder needs to be replaced.

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94 olds 3.1 security light flashes and engine won't turn over


Looks like the TDM in the security system (VATS/PassKey) is having problems, it's typical on those cars. You can find a great write-up here: http://newrockies.ca , it was the only thing that saved my Park Avenue.

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Try to locate body control module on a 94 buick park ave


BCM --The Body Control Module is located on the right side of the vehicle and positioned under the instrument panel. In order to gain access to the module, it will be necessary to first remove the trim panel.

Jun 23, 2009 | 1994 Buick Park Avenue

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'92 Park Avenue won't start or run.


When the Theft Deterrent Module (TDM), that is the core of the VATS system, cease to function, the security light could also stay off because it's the TDM itself that manage it. In my case that's what happened, the faulty TDM was recognizing the key, turning off the security light, activating the starter relay, but was not sending the fuel enable signal to the PCM.
There is a great write-up on how to completely bypass the TDM here: http://newrockies.ca/vatsbypass . This is what saved my car.

Apr 11, 2009 | 1992 Buick Park Avenue

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