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2003 Grand Prix - Ignition switch will not move with key

My ignition switch was giving me issues when I would shut off my car...for several months the keys would get stuck and I would have to move the steering wheel or the gear shifter really hard to get the keys out. Now, I put the key in the ignition and it will not move or start at all...like it is locked or something. The steering wheel won't move and I used to be able to shist my car even when it was off and I cannot do that now either. Any suggestions for a single mom? Thanks!

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I had that same problem. There is a gear shift lock button to the right of the gear shifter that has to be pressed down before you can unlock the gear shifter and the key.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

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SOURCE: 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix... Key stuck in ignition

Possibly shift interlock problem check the btsi fuse in the instrument fuse panel. There is a shift lock actuator in the column or center console that could be your culprit depending on if you have a column or floor shifter.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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SOURCE: ignition key won t turn. steering wheel locked

the key may be worn badly or the ignition needs to be replaced.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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This situation is called "Torque Lock". The Solution is simply to Turn the Steering Wheel Slightly in the Opposite Direction to remove Pressure on the Steering Lock Pawl. Usually this occurs when turning off the Key while Pressure is Applied to the Steering Wheel from a slight "Roll-Back" or from the Power Steering being forced all the way to it's limit in one direction or the other. Always be sure that the Steering is allowed to relax prior to switching the Ignition Switch to the Locked Position. This is a very common problem most frequently experienced by women rather than men. Let me know if this helps!

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SOURCE: 1997 pontiac grand prix key won t turn ignition

well does the key go in does it turn to the start pos? if the dash dost power up its because the switch is bad if it will power up but not start it can be becuse of the resitor chip depends on what is going on if you cant get power its becuse of the switch

Posted on May 09, 2010

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