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Re: The key wont turn the ignition. What is causing
Could be a few things.. But try to eliminate the easiest & least costly first..
Spray some wd40 into the key hole..
Push key in & out several times & do not try to turn it yet..
Repeat a few times - then try to turn it..
Sometimes the key tumblers get dirty & sticky..
If that dose not help - it could be the ignition switch needs to be replaced..
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Do you mean that after you removed the wrong key your original key wont go in, or do you mean using your original key and turning the starter it wont start or even turn the ignition on. If you tried to turn the ignition switch with the wrong key, sometime it will cause the lock to turn freely as an anti theft measure. You should be able to find the way to fix this in the user manual that comes with the car.
Gm has a recall on most vehicles there are a few that are listed
pontiac g5 chevroler venture the ignition switches on these cars are defective they wont turn or pop out also did you notice if your srs lamp on aka airbag lamp in the recall campain air bags are affected due to loss of power causeing no power codes to flash in the obd2 system airbags eont deploy in a colision
best bet would be to bring it to the deslership an remind them of the lawsuit against chevrolet and gm get it fixed for free towing as well
other senerio tumblerd are wornn out on the key lock and is not affected by recall lock cylinder has to be replaced
Changing the ignition was the cause of the NO START. These cars came with a SECURITY system already built in. The key sends a signal to the ignition which reads and sends another signal to the TDM (Theft Deterrent Module) computer which then sends a signal to the starter allowing it to start. I know it seems like alot, but thats just how GM did it. Changing the ignition may have interupted this communication and the car will not start until the communication is fixed. Here is a link with info on the system and ways to fix this yourself.
Two causes for this: (1) steering wheel needs to be turned, then try key again. (2) faulty ignition switch in need of replacement (including a new set of keys). When starting a car, the ignition is locked if the wheel has been rotated, which is an anti-theft feature: the car thinks its being stolen when the wheel is turned while there's no key in the ignition. To fix: turn the wheel back and forth, returning it (one way or another) to the original position when the car was turned off, and unlocking the ignition, allowing you to start your car.
If the steering wheel lock is engaged with the wheel turned sharply in either direction - weight of the vehicle at rest on the wheels can cause the steering column and ignition key lock to bind. To get the ignition to turn and unlock, you may have to grasp and turn the wheel or wiggle it a little back and forth to get it to come off the steering lock. This will relieve the pressure and allow you to turn the ignition lock if done right.
the steering wheel SHOULD be locked if the key is not in the ignition and turned to the 1st position. If you can turn the steering wheel more than an inch or so without the key n the first position, the ignition switch (read: thingy you put the key in) is bad.
Sometimes you may have to move the steering wheel slightly to one side or the other to get the key to turn, this in itself is not a cause for alarm. Try it and let us know. If this doesn't work, you are probably looking at a couple hundred dollars parts and labor to get the switch/steering wheel lock mechanism fixed.
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