Question about 2001 Buick Century
Key turns some days wont turn on others. If you happen to get it started and turn it half way off it is easier to start. You have to keep the key in the ignition or it will not turn the next time you use it.
If steering wheel is left full turn to one side, it puts pressure on the key. When you try to start, hold full pressure on the steering wheel to the left or right to relieve pressure on the key. Then the key should turn.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 25, 2015
Change ignition barrel or get a new key cut try spraying lubricating oil down the barrel
Posted on Apr 20, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1998 buick lesabre wont start
Do you have a Chip in the Key? if so that Could be the Problem,Ya see the chip is a resistor and if it looses its ELECTRONIC VALUE in its Case Resistance it wont start to test this Turn the Key in the ON posission then do the Screwdriver thing If it Starts Key is Good and Most Likely the Ignition (SWITCH) is Bad <<ELECTRICAL Side NOY LOCKEST SIDE For More Info Recontact Me
Posted on Jan 21, 2009
that sounds like its the ignitionswitch is going bad on the car or its the ignition its self. it could also be a loose wire going to your starter.
Posted on Mar 24, 2009
The first thing you need to check is whether the key has a pellet in it or "chip". If it does...the problem is most likely your key lock cylinder. Go buy a new key lock cylinder....KEEP YOUR OLD KEY. Take your new lock cylinder down to any Chevrolet dealer to find out what the VATS number is for your key....then have the dealer cut you a new key with that same VATS number...then go to your vehicle and remove the negative battery cable...this does two things...1. It resets the computer after a five minute period of no power...2.. allows you to work on the steering column without power on it.
Remove the steering wheel with the aid of repair manual.
Put the new key lock cylinder with the wire running down the steering column. Then put the steering column back together....Hook up the negative battery cable, then use your new key that was CUT and your car should start
Posted on Mar 26, 2009
Another solution is to bypass the VATS system entirely, not with the resistor, but with a full bypass system. Here is a detailed write-up on how to do it yourself - this is the only thing that saved my old Buick: http://newrockies.ca/vatsbypass
Posted on Jan 29, 2010
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