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Key stuck 98 grand am key is stuck in on postion and I can't turn it to off or acc. postion

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  • Jerry Koski
    Jerry Koski May 11, 2010

    just a thought is it well into park and you might try turning wheel a little while turning the key .. sometimes the gear shift will make this bind up and not be able to get the key out ...thanks Jerry holler if u need more

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Under the steering colume the should be a small hole or a small cover that you can take out to reveal a small hole that you can reach up into and push on a silver cylinder type thing pulling it back towards you and that should release the key.

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

  • bikestdy Jan 03, 2015

    The problem is a switch in the shifter fails and the shifter needs to be replaced.

  • bikestdy Jan 28, 2015

    The problem is a switch in the shifter fails and the shifter needs to be replaced.

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