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1997 pontiac sunfire key wont turn in ignition

My key has always turned the ignition. However, the other day I put the key in the ignition and the actual ignition is locked in place and will not turn at all. Yes, I've tried wiggling the steering wheel. I've tried various things in vain and the ignition is still locked in place. Please help!

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  • Anonymous Sep 30, 2008

    As you have done I have also tried, even saturated it with WD. Had the same problem about a month ago used the magic potion (WD-40) and after a lot of mucking around it seem to clear the problem, however now the problem is back and I'm afraid perminantly. Am going to get another key cut tommorrow from the chassis number at a cost of $35 +tax the other option is to scrap as i was quoted $271 for a new barrel when i asked " thats obviously with labour?....." you can guess the reply!

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    I have a 2005 Sunfire and this will be the 3rd time that I have had to have the ignition switch. I have also notice the prior owner had it done at 8,500 miles. Its frusterating and I would like to know why so frequently.

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    My steering wheel is locked in place and my key is broke inside due to ignition locked how do i replace it without a key?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    The electronic key wont turn in Ignition or lock/open doors

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    I turned the ignition key to acc and then on and everything turned on but the car did not turn over

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    the key will not turn on I moved the wheel slightly but it wont move very far either way

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You will have to have the ignition cylinder replaced in the car. The only thing that keeps that ignition from turning is a little tang on the sdie of it. The only way that tang moves is by the tumblers inside the cylinder moving it. They will have a hard time replacing it too as they can't remove the cylinder from the bore until it is in the "run" position. Obviously there are ways to get them out but it usually involves using half the tools of a good tech's toolbox. if it is towed the towtruck driver will have to use dolly wheels or remove the shifter cable at the transmission to get it to move as it will be stuck in park- unless is a standard shift.
I am sorry for the bad news. Get a second opinion from somebody that can put their hands on it , but it sounds like you have a tried all or most of the tricks.
Good luck...........Scott

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

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