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1996 Chevy Key wont turn

We just bought a 1996 chevy cavlier-i was driving it wearlier had no problems with the keys-i leave work tonight and the key wont turn to start the car

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  • mony0283 Feb 24, 2009

    my husband came down and tried his key-no luck-we dont think its the originial-yes its the same key-its weird it was working just fine-we got the car last wed-it seems like its tough to open the doors with it

  • mony0283 Feb 24, 2009

    yup tried that! we dont know what else to do! it was working great!

  • mony0283 Feb 24, 2009

    the steering wheel is locked try-cant move from park to neutral or anything

  • mony0283 Feb 24, 2009

    we had 3 copies of the keys and none of them worked

  • mony0283 Feb 24, 2009

    it wil enter but it wont turn-the other day my husband was driving and he saw a light saying saying theft lock-i was looking on the internet and it saying something about passlock-someone suggested unhooking the battery????

  • mony0283 Feb 25, 2009

    thank you for ur help-we actually got the car towed yestterday my mechanice was able to repair it so it wouldnt cost us so much-the old lady who sold the ar to us didnt drive it too much-that may be a reason?? thank you for ur help

  • Sean Foley May 11, 2010

    Is the key bent at all? It may have been bent in your pocket while at work.

    Do you have a spare key you can try? Is the ignition key the same key you use to unlock your doors or trunk? If so, try unlocking the doors and trunk with it. Careful you don't lock yourself out!


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Sounds to me like the key or more likely the ignition lock cylinder is worn out ... anti theft devices do not stop key from turning.

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Try to turn the steering wheel then start it

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Asbryanhillingsuggested, trying turning the Steering wheel a little before you turn the key. I once owned a car that had to be done with. The key cant turn if the steering column wasn't locked. So try and move it a little to either direction, left or right.

I'm still going with the bent key though. I really think your key is either bent, or may have chipped.

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  • Sean Foley Feb 24, 2009

    Will the key enter the ignition switch, and not turn, or will it not enter?

  • Sean Foley Feb 24, 2009

    Someone had just suggested to me that you lock the car WITH the key, then unlock it again. As you said, it may be an anti-theft feature.

  • Sean Foley Feb 25, 2009

    I wouldn't suggest unplugging the battery, as this may cause more anti-theft features to turn on. Give me a few minutes to think about this, I'll get back to you.

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