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2001 Sable Ignition - Key will NOT turn the cylinder.

The other night, my girlfriend came home and shut the car off in he driveway. The next morning I wasn't able to turn the key in the ignition - at all. I have AstroStart and that still works, but is utterly useless if I can't turn the key. Any ideas? I'm thinking there's a wafer that broke in the lock cylinder, but I can't seem to even get the cylinder out of the lock to even inspect it. I've seen instructions for how to remove the cylinder by turning the key to the run position and pushing the release pin on the bottom of the cylinder. However, I am not able to do this considering the key won't turn the cylinder in the first place.

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  • nadica Feb 09, 2009

    Forgot to put that in - I've tried easing pressure on the steering wheel lock. Doesn't make any difference.

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Try turning the steering wheel with your left handle(to get pressure off of the lock) while trying to turn the key with your right hand.

Posted on Feb 08, 2009

  • Chuck Martin
    Chuck Martin Feb 08, 2009

    sorry for spelling,left hand not handle

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    Chuck Martin Feb 09, 2009

    It must be a tumbler in the lock cylinder itself then.Sometimes you can spray some WD40 in there or graphite and then insert and pull key in and out a few times and get it to turn,siometimes I have also had luck by inserting key almost all the way stopping just a little bit short of key being in all the way and wiggle the key back and forth and get it unstuck.

    If that doesn't work you may have to go ahead and get a locksmith out there.

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