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2002 Oldsemobile Alero 4 dr. GLS Sedan.

When putting the key in the Ignition. Key will not turn at all, stays in OFF position. Anti theft light flashed, next day it doesn't flash. Steering wheel will not lock into LOCKED position. Gear shifter won't move out of Park unless shift linkage dis-engaged from under the hood. We did this so as to put it on the tow truck. Checked the fuses.
Have done the tapping the ignition cyclinder trick to loosen the insides, have done the remove all the keys from the keyring trick i've seen posted ( that seemed a little odd ) but tried it anyhow. The only thing on the keyring is the alarm button.
By the way - the key works both in the doors and trunk manually fine.

Any other ideas before the locksmith drills the ignition tumbler out ??

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Now and then the gear shifter does not push up all the way to the park position locking up the ignition switch. Try moving the gear shifter up as far as you can to the park position and see if the key's will turn. Your ignition switch is a pass lock system ($$$$) and you don't want to be drilling that out unless you are will to replace it before you try to get the key's to work again. Keep me posted and let me know if that helped, if not i can give you the instructions to removing the ignition cylinder. 

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