B1016 - Vehicle Identification Number Information Not Programmed

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 3/3    What is this?
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B1016 Possible Causes

  • Program Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to Theft Deterrent Module (TDM)
  • Faulty Theft Deterrent Module (TDM)
  • Theft Deterrent Module (TDM) harness is open or shorted
  • Theft Deterrent Module (TDM) circuit poor electrical connection

How do I fix code B1016?

Check the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.
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Cost of diagnosing the B1016 code

Labor: 1.0

The cost of diagnosing the B1016 code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair labor rates vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Most auto repairs shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.

Possible Symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

B1016 Description

After battery power has been restored following a loss of power, the Theft Deterrent Module (TDM) will perform a check on the stored Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). If the VIN is CORRECT, the TDM will run the VIN Timer for a programmable length of time, typically 10 minutes. The TDM will send a message via the serial data circuit to the Instrument Panel Cluster (IPC) to illuminate the SECURITY indicator. After the VIN Timer has timed out, the security indicator will turn OFF. If the VIN is INCORRECT, the TDM will send the fuel to disable password to the Engine Control Module (ECM), via the serial data circuit. The immobiliser system considers this to be an indication of tampering and will not allow the vehicle to start. The TDM will send a message via the serial data circuit to the IPC to flash the SECURITY indicator.
OBDII Code B1016 - Vehicle Identification Number Information Not Programmed  - AutoCodes.com

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Information for specific makes

  • B1016 BUICK Vehicle Identification Number Information Not Programmed
  • B1016 CADILLAC Vehicle Identification Number Information Not Programmed
  • B1016 CHEVROLET Vehicle Identification Number Information Not Programmed
  • B1016 GMC Vehicle Identification Number Information Not Programmed

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