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Ignition key will not turn when you insert into key slot to start. Not even for accessory mode

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May need to replace...but first try spraying a little PB Blaster on key and into key slot to lubricate...other solutions may damage...but PB Blaster will make cleaner connections and movement...Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013

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SOURCE: Ignition key won't turn to start; will turn to accessory

Pressure on the side of the tires from the curb caused the steering wheel lock to not release. Wrestling the steering wheel got the tension off the wheel and allowed the key to turn. Problem solved

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SOURCE: 1999 Toyota Camary, steering wheel locked

It happened to me. It is a common problem in older Camrys and Hondas. The cars are so reliable that the key gets worn down after all these years. Get a the dealership to order a new key in. The can use the cars ID number. The old key can't disengage the steering wheel locking mechanism in order to start the car.

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Sounds like your GMC has some Binding of the rod that goes from and or/Key lock assembly to the actual switch ... I would take the trim off the column and/or drop it and check for obstuctions ... If this vehicle has a lot of dust it could be the lock assembly itself (it most likely is, because you said it was sudden, if it was the rod I suspect someone would have had to fiddle around that area first), you may try to flush it out with compressed air

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SOURCE: 2000 Saturn- ignition key will not turn at all

Insert key grab screwdriver tap the end of the key a few times with the blunt end of the screwdriver. Don't crush it just tap it. There are spring tumblers that are not going back to there home. I had the same problem and this worked for me. Also check the key against any other keys you might have it's possible the key is worn.

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    he ignition switch generally has four positions: off, accessories, on, and start. Some cars have two off positions, off and lock; one turns off the car, and the other allows the key to be removed from the ignition. When the key is turned to the accessories position, certain accessories, such as the radio, are powered; however, accessories that use too much battery power, such as window motors, remain off in order to prevent the car's battery from being drained. The accessories position uses the least amount of battery power when the engine is not running, which is why drive-in movie theaters recommend that the car be left in theaccessories mode during the movie.

    The on position turns on all of the car's systems, including systems such as the fuel pump, because this is the position the ignition switch remains in while the car's engine is running. The start position is spring loaded so that the ignition switch will not remain there when the key is released. When the key is inserted into the ignition switch lock cylinder and turned to the start position, the starter engages; when the key is released, it returns to the on position, cutting power to the starter. This is because the engine runs at speeds that the starter cannot match, meaning that the starter gear must be retracted once the engine is running on its own.

    Either the ignition switch or the lock cylinder may fail in a car, but both circumstances have very different symptoms. When the ignition switch fails, generally the electrical wiring or the plastic housing develops problems. The car may not turn on and/or start when this happens. Also, the spring-loaded start position could malfunction, in which case the starter will not engage unless the key is manually turned back to the on position.

    When the lock cylinder malfunctions, however, the operation of the key itself will become problematic. If the tumblers become stripped, the lock cylinder may be able to turn with any key, or you may be able to remove the key when the car is on. If the tumblers begin to shift, the lock cylinder may not turn. Sometimes the key can be wiggled until the lock cylinder turns, but it is important to remember that this is only a temporary fix.

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