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I have a 1997 cavalier, the ignition switch is locked you push the switch and then turn, but it want turn.

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Try shaking your steering wheel left and right as you turn the key that usally unlocks the ignition switch

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SOURCE: how to change the switch of the cavalier 1997

Is it any better if the key won't turn if you remove it and reinsert it 180 Deg. This is a double sided key.You may want to go to the dealer and have a new key cut from the vin# this way its the original key. Will run you about $15-20.They will charge you to acess your key code.Make sure your code is on your reciept.If it works then you can get additional keys for around $2.50-4.

Posted on Dec 27, 2009

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SOURCE: 97 cavalier, won't start, turns Problem

I just had this problem with a Sunfire that had the 2.2...I found the timing chain tensioner broke apart and not the car out of time.If it is the tensioner you will probably want to drop the oil pan and make sure there are not and particles of the tensioner in there.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011

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SOURCE: 1997 cavalier ignition switch--the key

From what you describe it sound like the problem is with the Ignition Lock Cylinder. This is the part the key goes into and it is a separate assembly from the ignition switch.

With the switch be loose, my guess is that the lock assembly is worn out internally. You would need a whole new lock which would include a new key (and tumblers). If you are handy, you could do this yourself. But you need to be aware that you are going to have to disable the airbag system, which in and of itself is not hard, but it is potentially dangerous. The cost of the new lock and key assembly is $150.00+. If you want to have the lock fit your exsisting key, then you will have to get the tumblers changed to match. I would guess that a locksmith would charge you $30-$45. But if you can live with have separate keys for the door and ignition, why bother.

You may have to also replace the switch, cost about $70-90. This is still DIY as once the lock is out, the switch is just plugged into a wiring harness. Google Cavalier Ignition Lock and you can see what the part looks like.

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Posted on Jul 07, 2011

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if you look at the housing the lock cylinder sits in you will see a small hole i think on the bottom side. Insert a small screwdriver or into that hole and turn the key to the start position. you should feel your screwdriver/punch move up into the hole. you should them be ably to pull the old lock cylinder out.

if you can't turn the lock cylinder let me know, i can give you some advice on how to get it to turn

Posted on Jul 20, 2011

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The problem is most likely the starter relay, not the ignition switch. Ignition switches had a high nfailure rate in Cavaliers due to starter current. GM issued a recall and added a starter relay to solve this. The relay will fail periodically, resulting in a much easier and cheaper fix than a new ignition switch. If your Cavalier has the relay, you will find it in the very front of the engine compartment, just left of the battery, fastened to the back side of the radiator crossmember. GM Dealers have the relay for about $30.00.

Posted on Sep 15, 2011

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