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2002 pontiac sunfire. put the key in the ignition, and it won't turn. I have to mess with it, and usually it finally turns so the car will start.

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  • ERIC BAKER May 11, 2010

    Have you tried changing the ignition switch?

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I had this same problem on my 02 pontiac, so I had a new key cut and since then I have never had a problem starting my car.

Posted on Apr 24, 2009

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Go to a locksmith and get them to fix or change the tumbler

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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rock steering wheel back and forth, while turning the key, rock vehicle back and forth to take pressure off transmission shifter. are you parked on any kind of up or down hill grade? if so, that's the problem. start using emergency brake before putting in park.

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I have a 2001 sunfire, when you put the key in the igniation it will not turn


Are you saying the key won't turn in the ignition or the engine will not turn over?

If you are talking about the ignition, the first thing I would check is to make sure I had the right key. And then I would look for my less used keys and see if that made a difference. If none of the keys make a difference, then it is your ignition switch.

If the key turns in the ignition, but the engine does not turn over, then I would check the battery first and then the starter solenoid.

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i had aproblem with my 03 sunfire when the key starts to wear out it has a security problem in the ignition switch you might need a new key.

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My ignition messed up ended up replacing the whole steering column and now the car will attempt to turn over but will not start........what should I do???


anti theft system enabled. try to start it then leave the key in the on position may take 11-15 mins til the light goes out for it to relearn the new ignition cylinder. may take 2 tries when the light goes out turn it off then try starting it.

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Turn the key on,leave it on ten minutes,then turn it off,and right back on,do this three times,and then see if it relearned the key,a total of 30 minutes.

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The key wont turn at the final point to crank the car, last year my tumble broke, i had it fixed but when it broke i couldnt move the key at all, its not doing thay this time, 2 days ago i went to the...


Not an exact solution, but perhaps information that might lead to one.

1.Replaced the tumblers? I believe I would replace the entire ignition switch this time. It's my belief that the body of the ignition switch is worn inside, and will keep damaging the tumblers.

2.Do you have a tilt steering wheel? It's best to keep the steering column in straight line when starting the car, then tilt the wheel to where you want, after the car is started. When the steering column is in a tilted position, it puts undue strain on the ignition key switch, and the mechanism the ignition key switch operates, on GM vehicles.

This mechanism, consists of a half moon gear on the ignition key switch, that turns inside a 'Planetary' gear. I used the term 'Planetary', as the gear shape is hard to describe. It resembles an oblong loop, shaped like the number 9, with gear teeth on the inside bottom of the loop. This 'Loop' rotates, when the gear teeth of the ignition key switch, engage the teeth on the loop, and pushes a rod, or retracts the rod. The rod goes down the side of your steering column, and turns on, or turns off an ignition switch, located at the bottom left side of the steering column.

Having the steering wheel tilted, puts a strain on the ignition key switch internals, the oblong loop can break, and/or gear teeth can be stripped off.

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