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My 1998 Saturn sl2 ignition will only turn if wheels are turned all the way to the left. I've read others had this problem, and we're told it wa the key or the cylinder, but since I can turn it easily if I've parked with the tired turned to the left ONLY, it seems like it's more of a loose part getting stuck in the steering column.

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You should have the steering column checked and the ignition cylinder replaced.

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SOURCE: 1998 Wranger Ignition Key Stuck / Steering Column Locked

I have had this same problem on 4 of my Jeeps. A locksmith provided me with two answers.
This key thing happens to me at least once a week.
It is a common problem with Jeeps. 1998 Wrangler, 2007 Cherokee and two 2000 Cherokees all had the issue.

1. Replace the tumbler assembly. $150. USD (Not!)
2. Place the key in the ignition, smartly impact the key on the **** end, end that is sticking out of the ignition. (Harder is not better) strike straight on as to not break the key off. 4 or 5 strikes should fix the problem every time.

FYI - flooding the switch with WD-40 will not fix the issue, it is a tumbler problem.

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SOURCE: 2000 Saturn SL2 - replaced ignition then BCM failed. Related?

the problem is not the bcm. the passlock security sensor is in the cylinder and housing, if the cyl and or housing was replaced the system must be relearned. if you replace the bcm you still need to relearn the system or it still will not start.

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I found it necessary to try two of the the fixes listed before I solved the problem. Here's what I learned, as it relates to my 2000 V70:

1. The lock button on the shifter WAS stuck in the depressed mode. So I squirted a bit of WD-40 and--presto! It was released. But my problem wasn't solved. On examining the button action a little more, I noticed it it wasn't FULLY freed. So, another squirt of WD-40 and a few more press/releases, and---PERFECT. BUT the problem was not solved.

2. I next tried to "lift" the "shift override" button using pliers with gentle-to-moderate pressure so as not to break the plastic. It did lift a little, but still no solution. So I squirted a bit of WD-40 into the space around the button and pushed the button several times to "work-in" the WD-40. No luck. In fact, the button seemed stuck in a depressed mode even more.

3. Finally, to the SOLUTION! Since I could no longer get a grip on the button, I introduced 2 thin-bladed knives to barely exposed opposing side surfaces and pried the switch-button up. Still, no luck, but going back to the pliers and gentle/moderate pressure, I was able to pull the button up, and----SUCCESS!!!!

Notes: I am surprised at how much travel there was in the button--a good 3/16" it seems.

I don't know what caused the button to seize in the depressed state. I never use it and I don't think that I've ever spilled anything on/in it. But its horizontal position just begs for this kind of problem.

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SOURCE: 1994 Saturn SL2 Key stuck in ignition cylinder

Put some pressure on the steering wheel in one direction or the other this may take the pressure off the cylinder itself and allow you to do what is needed...hope this works.

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