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PostSubject: Brass-colored ignition key   Sat Jul 26, 2014 3:26 am

My RMW came with a blank-looking brass-colored ignition key without the VATS resistor. Has a 4 stamped on it. In the knockout hole is a tag with a code- I assume this is the key from the production line or something, but what's it for?
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PostSubject: Re: Brass-colored ignition key   Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:45 pm

Its the key for a replacement ignition switch. That key is supposed to be so you can have a vats blank copied for the ignition. I can only assume the car is running and if so the vats on your wagon has been bypassed/disabled. I know because i just replaced mine and bypassed vats a few weeks ago, been using the brass key ever since.
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PostSubject: Re: Brass-colored ignition key   Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:37 pm

Your VATS module requires a #4 key. The locksmith stamped the number into the plain key that comes with the switch so that if a new key is ever needed the next locksmith will know what key blank to use.
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PostSubject: Re: Brass-colored ignition key   Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:59 pm

New AC Delco ignition switch assembles come with the key blank with no VATS pellet, to use as a guide to cut the new VATS key at the dealer. There must be a reason why..
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PostSubject: Re: Brass-colored ignition key   Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:47 pm

The reason is the fact that there are 15 different resistance values and only one key cylinder.
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PostSubject: Re: Brass-colored ignition key   Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:07 pm

Right. I forgot that. Haha
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PostSubject: Re: Brass-colored ignition key   Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:53 pm

Thanks- that does explain it. Found pictures of the Delco replacement and that's exactly the key I have. Obviously replacing the cylinder has nothing to do with VATS, my VATS is enabled and works as expected- I tried starting the car with the brass key and it doesn't work.

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