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My key is stuck in the ignition of my 1993 Saturn and won't move or come out. I thought maybe I had left my lights on last night since the car didn't start and the battery seemed to be dead, but then

I don't know if this is the ignition cylinder or a gear problem (automatic transmission) or a battery problem or an operator problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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  • bones5406 Dec 07, 2014

    Yes, that sounds exactly like the linkage. The steering wheel isn't locking because it is front wheel drive I think. Most front wheel drive cars will do that if the ignition is going faulty. I could steer my Malibu when the ignition went bad, just couldn't turn the key. But when I replaced the ignition, I couldn't steer it until I unlocked it.

  • bones5406 Dec 07, 2014

    Have you had the battery disconnected? Sometimes that will jar these new cars into life. But it is likely the ignition. Once you take that out, you can move the steering wheel freely. But as you know since it is fwd, it will be tough to steer like that.

  • bones5406 Dec 07, 2014

    Check advance auto parts, they have the ignition lock cylinders for about $40 after taxes. One that I saw has a key with it, but you can get it rekeying as well.

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Your ignition could be stuck. That happened to me on my 2002 Chevy Malibu with 150,000 miles on it. The ignition sometimes gets stuck and freezes up. You'll have to pull it out and put a new one in. You can use the new key or have it re keyed to fit your old keys.

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  • pat93117 Dec 07, 2014

    Thank you. I meant to ask if keys came with a new ignition lock cylinder. I wasn't sure about needing the new lock because the steering wheel isn't locked. Does that make a difference?

  • pat93117 Dec 07, 2014

    I think the steering wheel not locking is driving me crazy because I think the car doesn't know it's in park, and I have shifted many times even somewhat forcefully to try to jar it into realizing it was in park.

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