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97 grand am key tumbler

The key will not turn in our 97 pontiac grand am. I tried using a key that was bent, then a key that was not bent, then a key that always worked. The stering wheel is lock with a little play. A friend took off the cover and we pushed the button that locks the wheel and it didn't help. I don't have a problem replacing the tumbler, the problem is I can't get the old one out.

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I had the same problem with my 97 grand am se the easiest way to fix this is take it to pontiac and have them do it i got mine fixed within an hour and a half

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