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Key won't turn in ignition! Help needed fast!

I will try and explain this the best I can. The car is a 1994 Buick Skylark. The problem is that when I insert the key into the ignition cylinder it will not move forwards or backwards. I can easily insert and remove the key. A couple times before it completely locked down the key had trouble turning but after some wiggling and patients it would turn.
Here is the troubleshooting I have done(all individually then at the same time): I have tried turning the key while I moved the steering wheel, depressing the brake, moving the column shifter and just simply turning the key and nothing else, but it won't move at all. I removed the plastic column cover to reveal no broken wires or parts, I don't know how to remove the lock cylinder but I did manage to remove the retaining clip at the front of the cylinder to wiggle the lock some to see if I could get something to move inside the lock that would allow me to move the key.

Someone mentioned getting a locksmith to come out and drill something out but I wasn't paying attention because of my frustration at the moment...
That's it and it's my only ride... Any help is deeply appreciated!

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  • bomjoe02 Mar 08, 2009

    I just went and tried, didn't work. Thanks though!

  • bomjoe02 Mar 08, 2009

    I'm guessing that the lock cylinder has a retainer for the tumblers and it either came loose or a tumbler is jamming the cylinder. I tried hitting the key with a mallet while the key was inserted in the cylinder and trying to turn the ignition but nothing happened at all.

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