Question about 2004 Chevrolet Malibu
Steering wheel is not locked, the key wont turn to any position. how do i remove the bad key and tumbler if the key wont turn.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
had the same problem. try to get some graphite powder with the small applicator tube and squirt some in your ignition assembly. sometimes this loosens it up
Posted on Feb 16, 2009
there are two situations that are close to what you describe.
First, is your key STUCK in the ignition? if so, there's a little panel under the steering column, open that, and feel round under there for the latch to release the key. I don't remember what the dealer SAID the issue was, but it was solved with one of many steering column replacements for a different problem.
If the key goes in and out, but won't turn the cylinder... you may have a bad cylinder, a ruined key(bent? run over by car? goobered up lands? plain worn out?) Or, your steering lock is engaged. If it's the first, that's a mechanic replacment(hopefully dealer covered). The second? get a new key. The third? Hold some tension on the steering wheel and turn the key.
Finally, if your battery is dead, or your solenoid is shot, the key won't turn/release either. Use the stuck key removal method, so you can lock your car while waiting on dealer repair.
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
SOURCE: ignition tumbler locked up
try a spare key, or push key into lock while turning
it is the tip [pointy end] of the key that releases the switch tumbler lock allowing it to turn. keys & switches wear out, a 'heavy' key ring especially wears the switch.
Posted on Oct 17, 2009
Push gear selector up past park and it should loosen up, or press hard on the brake pedal. Shifter up past park usually loosens it up. Common GM problem.
Posted on Nov 19, 2009
You need to go to the part store and buy a special tool that compresses the spring inside the steering column. Don't cut corners, Disconnect the truck's battery. Without the tool you will not get the column back together. With the tool you will compress the spring, remove the clip above that dust shield. and then start to pull it apart. Remember to put everything back together how it was. That dust-cover looking thing must go back exactly how you found it or you will damage the plastic pieces to the horn circuit. When you pull the cover off for the horn be careful with the wire. Push and turn counterclockwise to remove. And you will pull out the directional lever and unscrew the little Phillips head screw from the hazard button so the turn signal Assembly can be moved so you can access the screw that locks the key cylinder in place.
Posted on May 21, 2010
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