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Cadillac Powertrain Control Module (PCM) Tuning Discussion, PCM and VATS in Cadillac Engine Technical Discussion; I posted a thread in the Alarm section but haven't had much help. Forgive me if there is a thread ...
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    hcuda2 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    PCM and VATS

    I posted a thread in the Alarm section but haven't had much help.

    Forgive me if there is a thread dedicated to this and point me in the right direction if you would!


    I have a 1996 STS. I got the Wait 3 Minutes to Start thing and then the car wouldn't start. I have a spare IPC and I can put that in and the car will start and run but none of the gauges work right and the mileage is way off.

    I have tried to bypass VATS using resistors under the dash but it still wont start.

    QUESTION:
    Is there a way to program VATS off of the PCM? I just want the car to run i don't care about VATS.

    I don't want to spend a fortune on this but I need to do something.

    Any help?

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    Re: PCM and VATS

    I know with the 1994-6 Fleetwood LT1 PCMs it is definitely possible to program out VATS.
    Unfortunately I am not familiar with the STS hardware/software to comment on your model.

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    Re: PCM and VATS

    Give Lyndon Wester (http://westers_garage.eidnet.org/) a call and ask him, he can do NorthStar, but not sure what years.

    The "key" is in watching the security light/VATS light (or whatever they call it on the STS) and see what it is doing. It should go out with the proper key in.

    I don't know if it resets immediately, so grab someone with a 96 FSM and have them read up on the Security/VATS system.

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