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My 2004 pontiac grand am ignition is locked . the key goes in but will not turn. ignition is on dash, not on steering column.

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You still have to move the streering wheel some times

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Hi, this can be caused by the shifter mechanism or the shifter cable try disconecting the cable and moving the key and the shifter at the same time this shoul do it....

Posted on Aug 17, 2008

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Try turning the steering wheel back and forth abruptly. If not, did you park on a slight incline? My experience has been that sometimes if a vehicle rolls back a little, it will lock it up.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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SOURCE: 2002 Pontiac Grand Am key

Ok the most common problem with this situation is the tumblers in the lock came apart. you will ned to either replace the lock or have a repair shop replace it. The parts are not all that expensive, but the job is a bit dificult for a beginner. Cause?? well use is one cause if the car has a ton of miles on it and the ignition switch has be used a lot that could have caused the tumblers to fail. another common reason is a heavy key chain pulling down on the lock cylinder. The third cause is... it just happened. I have seen brand new cars with less than 3k miles on them come in with the same problem.

Ok to swum it up.. replace the lock cylinder, dealer or a lock smith can key it the same as your curent key. you can most likly purchase the parts from NAPA or other parts houses. You will need to gather a detailed instructions if you plan to do it yourself as there is not enough room or time to spell out the entire procedure here. If you do not have the tools and dont think you will do a few more of these repairs then it is most likly less expensive to have a reputable repair shop do the work. Good luck

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SOURCE: Actually a typo..it's a 1993 pontiac grand prix...steering wheen wiill not lock. The key will not turn when put in the ignition. What causes this?

sounds like its time for a new key cylinder

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The ignition switch is immediately behind and attached to the ignition lock cylinder. The ignition lock cylinder is where you place the key to start your vehicle. If you are having problems with your vehicle not starting and or turning the key, more than likely you need to replace the ignition lock cylinder. It is common for these to go bad in GM vehicles. To replace the ignition switch of Your car please get these instruments (Flat head screwdriver, Mechanic's gloves, Socket wrench with adapters, Lint-free cloth)and carefully follow the steps below:
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  2. Remove the three flat head screws from the steering column cover to access the ignition switch assembly. If the covers and interior parts of the steering column are dirty or dusty, try cleaning them with a damp, lint-free cloth.
  3. Depress the silver button on the column underneath the ignition switch if your key is still stuck in the lock cylinder. You will need to turn the key to the "Off" position and remove it in order to remove the rest of the ignition switch assembly.
  4. Remove the two connection bolts holding the ignition switch assembly into place. Disconnect the electrical connection tab leading to the ignition switch as well as the tab that sits behind the ignition switch once you slide it out from the steering column console.
  5. Clip the electrical connection tab to the new ignition switch for your 2004 Pontiac Grand Am and slide the ignition switch into place. You will need to have the new key in the ignition switch as you slide it into place and turned to the "Off" position. Once it matches the exact position of the previous ignition switch, rotate the key to the "On" position, and you should hear a click from a tab that extends from the bottom of the ignition switch and connects with the ignition switch housing on the steering column. Reconnect the electrical connection tab leading to the ignition switch.
  6. Reconnect the negative battery terminal and turn your car on to make sure that you have made all of the connections correctly between the steering column and the new ignition switch. Reinstall the steering column panel coverings.
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My 1995 pontiac grand prix has a probiem with steering collum none of my gauges or speedometer work


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I have a 1997 pontaic grand prix GT. My key seems to be stuck in the ignition, when i put it in park and go to shut off the car, the key goes back enough to shut it off but not back far enough to get the...


Try wiggling the gearshift lever when you put it in park. I have a Chevette that does the same thing. If that doesn't work, I would check the actual ignition switch that is down on the steering column under the dash. It could either be worn or out of adjustment. Any questions I'll be glad to help.

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Install a Ignition lock cylinder 1997 Pontiac Grand Am


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  • Remove the upper and lower shrouds. Refer to Steering Column Trim Covers - Disassemble - Off Vehicle or Steering Column Trim Covers - Disassemble - Off Vehicle .
  • Put the key in the steering column lock cylinder set (1).

  • Turn the key to the "START" position.
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  • Turn the steering column lock cylinder set (1) into the "RUN" position.
  • Pull the steering column lock cylinder set (1) out from the lock module assembly.
  • Remove the key from the steering column lock cylinder set (1).

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How difficult is it to replace ignition cylinder lock. Cylinder was ripped out


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f32-17gif.gif The ignition switch is operated by the key switch. Courtesy of Ford Motor Company. To replace the switch:
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2002 pontiac grand am se


Hi, this can be caused by the shifter mechanism or the shifter cable try disconecting the cable and moving the key and the shifter at the same time this shoul do it....

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yes remove steering wheel look in ignition area inside column pull only wire strait out there will be a torx screw remove that and ignition will slide out

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