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My ignition switch wont turn got a new 1 cant get the old 1 off what can i do

My ignition switch wont turn,so know i got a nother one but i cant get the old one off what do i do

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Hello woodsvincent...The GM ignition switches are designed to be removed with the key in the on position. The lock tumblers in the old switch are likely stuck and/or worn, and if your key itself is worn that makes it worse. Disconnect the negative battery cable, and try another key thats in better shape if possible. Spray a little lubricant in the switch, wiggle and work the key and see if you can get it to turn to the on position...if you can, leave it there!! The switch can be replaced if you can't get it to turn, but it's a lot more labor intensive.
Let me know how it goes...and i will further advise.
Good luck and i hope this helps...

Posted on May 19, 2009

  • an67156 Feb 14, 2011

    If you are having trouble getting ignition switch in the correct position to change it out, try this to get those tumblers to free up. It worked like a charm for us!

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    2002 Chevy Tahoe ignition switch locked. Unable to turn key. Steering wheel not locked and all fuses are good. Unsure if key has a passkey anti-theft device. If so, is there a reset button?

    I have the exact same issue with my 2002 Tahoe. Parked it in the driveway, came the next morning and could not turn the key. The steering wheel was not locked up, but I could not turn the ignition key. Tried jiggling the key while turning the steering wheel and shift lever. Checked all fuses, disconnected battery to see if it would reset something. I tried everything I could think of without success. Finally, I figured some sort of locking pin is not engaging properly and I took the **** end of my screwdriver and tapped about 10 times on the ingition switch right where you would put the key in. It was a nice solid tap, not banging it. Sure enouth, I put the key in and it turned right over. Hope this works for you!



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