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Grand am ignition key cylinder stopped turning.

Key cylinder stopped turning.In disassembling to remove cylinder,all the pins and springs fell out.I was hoping to find a color coded wiring diagram so I can hotwire it to get it home(without using trial and error and maybe toasting something) Pete in Newburgh,N.Y.

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  • petermburger May 08, 2009

    ourhowse/Guru obviously has no idea what he/she is talking about...
    The ignition switch is in the dashboard,there is no rod to another switch,and there ARE (count em) 13 color coded wires to the switch,and a cable to the gear selector in the console.I managed to figure it out,and wired in a toggle switch for ignition and a push button for the starter so my kid can at least drive it until a new switch comes in. Thanks anyway....I guess....

  • petermburger May 09, 2009

    Thanks so much for the insult on top of the lousy advice...Ever considered getting into another line of work?

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    elloocifer66 Sep 13, 2012

    so how do i do that have same problem



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There are no wires to your key and tumbler. All the key does is pull a rod that is connected to the ignition switch, which is at the bottom of your steering column. I suppose if there is no "chip" on your key, and you can get the steering wheel to turn, you could pull on that rod to get it running.

Posted on May 08, 2009

  • Dar
    Dar May 08, 2009

    I'm sorry Nancy. I guess i didn't look close enough at the year. I'm so glad you got it going. Good thing your kid was there with the extra fingers so you could count all the way to 13.



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