Question about 2004 Pontiac Vibe
Key will not turn, need to replace key lock
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You will have to have the ignition cylinder replaced in the car. The only thing that keeps that ignition from turning is a little tang on the sdie of it. The only way that tang moves is by the tumblers inside the cylinder moving it. They will have a hard time replacing it too as they can't remove the cylinder from the bore until it is in the "run" position. Obviously there are ways to get them out but it usually involves using half the tools of a good tech's toolbox. if it is towed the towtruck driver will have to use dolly wheels or remove the shifter cable at the transmission to get it to move as it will be stuck in park- unless is a standard shift.
I am sorry for the bad news. Get a second opinion from somebody that can put their hands on it , but it sounds like you have a tried all or most of the tricks.
Posted on Sep 29, 2008
It is easy if you have the tools. you need a steering wheel puller and a spring compressor for the plate under the wheel. a bunch of screws and turn signal switch and hazzard switch you can gain access. Remember everything has to go back where it came from, no exceptions in this case.
Posted on Sep 22, 2009
did you flood if so change iol and filter remove plugs put some oil in each cylinder then turn over about 12 times put new plugs in and should fire
Posted on Jan 13, 2010
disconnect the battery and pull the air bag fuse out to diable the air bag. Remove the steering coulmb trim covers and expose the lock cylinder. If the lock cylinder can be turned and is functional then push in the bottom tab and turn the lock cylinder then pull the whole cylinder out. If the keys broke inside and the lock cylinder is not functional the bottom tab will need to be drilled out.
Posted on Feb 27, 2010
The ignition has an interlock that will not let you turn the key all the way to OFF until the transmission is in park.
This is done via a sensor either in the transmission itself, or on the shifter.
With the car off, step on the brake and shift from Park to Reverse, then back in to Park. You should hear a faint "click" as the interlock engages. If not, then your sensor (switch) may have failed.
Posted on Apr 17, 2010
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