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Change ignition cylinder? (lock?)

Someone broke into my 2000 pontiac grand am - they stuck something in the ignition and it won't turn, don't know if broken, or just stuck. I would like to replace it myself, but have no mechanical knowledge. Could someone post a step-by-step (including things like airbag disconnect, etc) with wiring diagrams or pictures? (dash mounted ignition) (9 months pregnant, can't afford much more than the cost of the part) also, what tools would be needed? I have a simular problem, one day just out of the blue my key would not work. I have a 2005 Chevy Impala I bought a new ignition lock cylinder removed the old one and installed the new one, to my surprise it did not work. Called the local Chevy dealer who told me that it would cost $170.00 to code it. Is there a way I could do this myself?

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    My key would not turn. I had the car towed and I had the ignition replaced and bought a new battery and still it will not work. What can I do? I have a 2005 Chevy Impala.

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The new cylinder's key has a different code, so the anti-theft module has to reset to accept that code, with the old cylinder u could program extra keys as long as u had one key that worked, but since that is not the case with a new lock cylinder I think u are stuck with taking it to the dealer, any GM dealer can do this job, call around and try to get a lower estimate. Before having it towed try this work around I found on a car thread on this issue:

1) Put the key in the ignition and turn to the "ON" position. Leave it that way for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes turn the key and take it out. Repeat this process (2) more times (3 times, 30 minutes total) This should reset the passlock system to recognize your key. Not sure this will work but it is worth a try.

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Grandammit...Hey...replacing a lock cylinger requires recoded ignition keys, and a new lock cylinder requires dissassembly of the steering column. Not an easy fix, and I wonder if you are really the thief..you don't sound like a 9 month pregnant girl. Sorry......if I am wrong I am wrong. Drive it with a scredriver until you give birth then fix it.

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