Theft deterrent system

Asked by Aug 27, 2017 at 09:49 AM about the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 1LZ FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2014 Chevy Malibu in the anti theft
deterrent system is on will not let me start the car
how do you fix this problem?

22 Answers


Try this: from the inside manually lock all the doors except the drivers, with key in hand exit the vehicle then close and using the key lock the drivers door, wait at least a minute or two then with the key unlock the drivers door and then check to see if the system has been deactivated. If not then you have a faulty door switch, bad wiring or a bad processor and it will take someone that knows this system to find the problem

48 people found this helpful.

I have a 2014 Chevy Malibu LT my security theft system came on and my car won't turn on can you help me on that

50 people found this helpful.

Can anyone help me

3 people found this helpful.

My 2013 Malibu stalls the dealer has no clue wants wrong after getting fuel pump $803.00 and a few other things another $235.00 it worked one day. It's been at the dealer for a week. They still can't find the problem they say it has no codes. So my question is can it be the anti-theft device they making my car stall on its own.

15 people found this helpful.

I had a 2016 Chevy impala an the theft deterrent system came on. How do I take it off

43 people found this helpful.

I have a 2016 Chevy Impala an the theft deterrent system came on. How do I take it off?

31 people found this helpful.

@mrsdebra did you ever figure out was wrong? I have a 2013 Malibu that is currently doing the same stalling thing.

3 people found this helpful.

How do I turn off the anti theft in my Chevy Malibu 2013

27 people found this helpful.

How do I turn off the antitheft in my 2016 Chevy Malibu

8 people found this helpful.

After trying everything to get my 2013 Chevy Malibu started I end up getting another key made. Basically when the anti theft System come on your key as been damaged So it Send your car in defense mode.

28 people found this helpful.

My car anti theft came on last nite got it tow awa yo the dealership

3 people found this helpful.

I've had this issue for about a year with my 2013. Multiple times to the dealership, charged the computers, wires and all kinds of stuff. I guess I'm confused why my dealership keeps acting like they have no idea when this is clearly an issue with the Malibu's.

6 people found this helpful.

I'm having the same issue with my 2013 Chevy Malibu saying service anti theft I have to keep getting jumps. I've unplugged my negative and positive on battery, iv changed my batteries in my keys, any idea how I can fix this please help?

9 people found this helpful.

Can we all call The GM and complain about this issue with the Malibu. I've fought with them 2x on the phone. I recently bought the car and b cause I've never received a letter from GM I'm not intitled to the open recall that she said she couldn't tell me about. SMH . I know there has to be a recall. Here is the number18006302438

2 people found this helpful.

Last night (January 21, 2019) I've experienced the anti-theft system for the first time. I manually unlocked the driver side and the passenger side to allow both my pregnant wife and myself into the car. I noticed that no electronics were on as normally upon opening the door to our 2013 Malibu LTZ. Still, I inserted my key into the ignition and no turn-over. No radio. Nothing. My wife and I sat there in the freezing car for an hour trying to call for road side assistance and look for answers through the manual. Managed to arrange a tow, but it would take another hour to get there. We were pissed. This car has given is nothing but problems since we bought the car nearly three years ago, but I tried one more thing other than looking under the hood. With the key turned to the On/Run position I pressed the electronic seat adjuster and everything turned on. EVERYTHING. I turned the engine and was able to drive off. It's important to note that once the car turned on a message appeared on the display. It said (#) key(s) recognized for this vehicle. If the key is correct and it is locked in the ignition switch. Try adjusting the seat. I tried the radio and it did nothing, but I pressed the button to move the seat backward...voila. It is a clever system, however compiled onto the other issues we have had with this car, personally, we are very disappointed in General Motors.

4 people found this helpful.

On my 2015 Chevy Malibu the light keep coming on saying the front passenger side door is open but it's not ! the lights keep flickering on inside because of the car saying the door is open what could it be ?

4 people found this helpful.

Mine does this too. I stay in the car, push the start/stop button to clear the dash. Wait for a minute with door open until dash lights come on afain and then start the car. I have also tried pushing start/stop button to clear the dash, shut the door, use the remote to lock myself in, unlocking it and then start the car. I’m sick of it happening too. Bloody nuisance.

1 people found this helpful.

Turn key to on position for around 10 mins..I just now did it & it started straight up...

1 people found this helpful.

I have a 2014 chevy malibu and for the past 2 days everytime i turn on my car the service anti deterrent theft light keeps coming on. So there has to be something with this particular model. While in my car i locked it with my button on my key ring, set the alarm then unlocked the car and my car started right up.

I have a 2015 chevy Malibu my thef deterrent system is and my car want started


Okay, I found out that there is an issue with the wiring inside the car itself. Under the seats (both in front) where a wire ground faults from time to time. For me, it happens on humid rainy days (not all the time, when it does it's those days). It happened again last night. All I did was manually unlock the car, sat inside, closed the door, moved the seat (driver) and the car's display lit up. From there I inserted the key and an odd message popped up. Different from the last two times this happened as it read: "open and the close your driver side window". After that was done, the display went to my normally selected category and information setting. It's the wiring. From the multiple grounding issues these cars have to the inexplicable way the manufacturer decided to run the wiring for the car's main electronics under a seat using cheaply insulated cables. They know this, yet won't issue a recall, smh...

1 people found this helpful.

GM is pathetic for not inciting a recall! I’ve had this random issue with my 2016 Impala LTZ with our car not starting and it’s due to the anti theft system. I took it in to Chevy in March and they said nothing is wrong with it. To boot, if anyone here tries to use the GM app, it’s also USELESS when this occurs because you still CAN’T start or open the car! In fact it indicates nothing is wrong at all! POS. Bring it in.....for $168 we’ll run diagnostics to tell you the truth!

1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer:


Looking for a Used Malibu in your area?

CarGurus has 2,646 nationwide Malibu listings starting at $2,300.

Postal Code:

Chevrolet Malibu Experts

  • #1
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Find great deals from top-rated dealersTM


Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Impala
17 Great Deals out of 805 listings starting at $2,495
Used Chevrolet Cruze
99 Great Deals out of 4,131 listings starting at $3,000
Used Honda Accord
51 Great Deals out of 1,829 listings starting at $995
Used Toyota Camry
52 Great Deals out of 1,468 listings starting at $2,400
Used Ford Fusion
26 Great Deals out of 1,528 listings starting at $2,800
Used Nissan Altima
41 Great Deals out of 1,590 listings starting at $1,795
Used Dodge Charger
33 Great Deals out of 849 listings starting at $3,880
Used Honda Civic
157 Great Deals out of 6,125 listings starting at $1,800
Used Chevrolet Equinox
77 Great Deals out of 5,385 listings starting at $458
Used Kia Optima
33 Great Deals out of 890 listings starting at $4,995
Used Hyundai Sonata
41 Great Deals out of 1,501 listings starting at $2,499
Used Chevrolet Camaro
42 Great Deals out of 1,158 listings starting at $9,950
Used Nissan Maxima
9 Great Deals out of 392 listings starting at $2,995
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
91 Great Deals out of 14,761 listings starting at $3,100
Used Hyundai Elantra
123 Great Deals out of 5,400 listings starting at $1,995

Used Cars for Sale

2019 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
1,421 listings starting at $19,994
2018 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
13 Great Deals out of 284 listings starting at $15,988
2017 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 128 listings starting at $11,995
2016 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 155 listings starting at $10,995
2015 Chevrolet Malibu For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 112 listings starting at $9,640

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.