Question about 1999 Saturn SL
The ignition switch seems to be jammed. The key will go in the switch all the way, but it won't turn. We've tried replacing the key through the Saturn dealer, thinking that the key was simply worn, but a brand new key has the same problem. We need to get the car into the dealer to replace the ignition switch, but are looking to a way to start the car at least once to avoid having to have it towed.
Turn your steering wheel to allow the ignition to fully unlock while turning the key.
Posted on Feb 08, 2009
Insert the key. Now you turn the key to the right and feel the resistance that you have had before, but dont go beyond it.
Ok. with your left hand simultaneously turn the steering wheel to the left with a slight force, while turning the key with your right hand to the right.
You should feel a momentary resistance which then becomes a freeing up of both the steering and the turning of the key.
Sometimes the key wont turn because through time, the brass the key is made of will sort of shave off bits of itself from having the key inserted and removed, and will accumulate until it becomes a barrier. When this happens the key wont turn. The cylinder would need to be removed from the column and carb cleaner or wd 40 sprayed with straw attached to the nozzle into the cylinder forcing the deposited bits of brass to dislodge and flow out into a container.
Hope that helps you
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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