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1996 grand am ignition switch will not turn

Trying to charge the car battery, but the ignition switch and the steering wheel is lock and not turn.

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    my steering wheel is locked and my ignition will not trun over at all. the key does not move in my 1996 pontiac grand prix



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Try turning the steering wheel as you try to unlock it.

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I had this same problem. You will need to replace the ignition cylinder and this can only be purchased from Pontiac ($245). The problem is actually the key release button, its sticking. There is a small button under the steering wheel that you can only see if you take the steering wheel cover off. If you get that fixed you shouldnt have any problems

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