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The ignition lock cylinder on my 2001 pt cruiser is loose ( meaning no spring action in the cylinder) and the car wont start the key in the ignition turns everything else on but no response from the engine the security system light is blinking in the das on the fuel guage cluster the battery was bad but replaced it

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  • coorgano May 18, 2009

    Would a locksmith be the proper person to call to replace the lock cylinder or should i have the vehicle towed to a mechanic ?

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Both a locksmith and mechanic will be able to replace your ignition lock cylinder for you.  However, most of the time a locksmith will ask you to sign a waver before he will even begin to work on your car.  I personally would always prefer to take it to a mechanic and have them do it for you.  I would just feel more comfortable with having someone who works on a car for a living taking care of it than having someone who works mostly on home locks.  Go with the mechanic.  Let me know if you have any other questions. Hope this helps. Thanks for your honest rating and thanks for using FixYa!

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Contact your dealership.. have the key cylinder fixed or replaced. You might be able to get your car running again by troubleshooting the problem by yourself but you might have some problems while driving like locking the steering wheel while driving. This will be very dangerous.

Posted on May 18, 2009

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