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Key won't turn in the ignition

Key goes in but won't turn. Car had to be towed to a garage. Still waiting for a part from the Saturn dealership. Is this going to be an ongoing problem with this vehicle? I see alot of posts regarding similar situations, and is there a permanent solution?

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  • stardusting1 Mar 10, 2009

    Same issue. This happened to us last summer but after a good deal of key jiggling and steering-wheel turning (and probably quite a bit of pounding on things) the key finally turned. Not so lucky this time.

  • aketcham Apr 03, 2009

    Same issue. Then once the key does finally turn, the car needs to be put into neutral in order for the car to start. It will not start in the park position.

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Check to see if your key is an original or if it has been re-keyed by a locksmith. I had a similar problem with my 2001 L200 and it was preventing me from getting to work on time. So I took it to Saturn, they gave me an original key, and it's worked like a dream ever since. I bought another keyless remote because my car was a repo and that was why I didnt have an original, and it was about $80.00 for both about 2 years ago. I hope that helps.

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