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Key will not turn in 99 Grand Am Ignition

Key will not turn in the ignition. The steering wheel is not locked up but the ignition is. Suggestions for a 99 Grand Am ignition on dash?

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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.

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Step 1 Disconnect the negative battery cable from the terminal on the battery. Remove the upper and lower steering column covers by unscrewing or unclipping them.
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