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My ignition and steering wheel and shifter is lock

The guy i bought the car from was using a worn out key it was getting hard to start the car i start it one night no problem the car ran for about 30 second and then shutoff i went out the next day to start the car and the ignition would not turn at all and the steering wheel would not turn and then i tried to take it out of park which it is on the floor of the car nothing happen i went and got anew key made from the dealership the ignition still would not turn

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Sometimes cars never like to forget when a problem occurs! try disconnecting battery for a couple of mins and try again!! keep foot on brakepedal when trying to start it

Posted on Feb 24, 2013

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SOURCE: key will not turn in ignition

1. Make sure it's the right key
2. Try gently pulling the key out a bit and putting back in before trying
3. Try drawing on key with a pencil, yes, a pencil. The graphite will unstick a sticky lock.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008

SOURCE: key not turning, steering not locking, trans in

GM has had problems with the ignitions they use for years. Only option is to replace the tumbler assembly (ignition switch). If you have security installed theirs a special procedure to relearn the key.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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SOURCE: key goes into ignition but

while you SLIGHTLY turn the steering wheel, try to turn the key-do not force the key, you do not want to break it.

Posted on May 23, 2011

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SOURCE: i have a 1997 Pontiac

The key is most likely OK. So is the shifter. I would bet a $100.00 (that I can't cover) that the shifter is in a console "on the center of the floor". If so, the "electric/mechanical switch that you key cylinder actuates when it turns is on the top of the steering column, above the brake pedal. You will have to drop the column down with the 2 1/2 nuts, holding the column up to the dash, after the plastic cowls are removed. It will have a cable, that goes from the "electrical" switch, to the console. to activate/deactivate, the button on the shifter that depresses. Once it breaks, usually cloumn will lock "open" or "locked" .......no in between.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011

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