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2002 saturn sl1 ignition switch lock up

The key will go into the ignition switch, but it will not turn at all. So the steering and transmission shifter are locked up also. The car has a automatic transmission.

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Usually this can be temporarily solved with a shot of graphite lubricant into the key hole and moving the steering wheel side to side while turning the key. But, in the end, the ignition cylinder is wearing out and will eventually need replacing.

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The brushes and magnets in the ingnition cyl. are worn and have to replace entire switch.

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If you find this helpful, take a second and rate this solution. I'd sure appreciate it.

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