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Key not turning, steering not locking, trans in

Drove the car one day . Next day key will not turn, steering wheel not locking,and trans is in park. Why can't i turn the key is there something wrong with linkage or key ignition switch?

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GM has had problems with the ignitions they use for years. Only option is to replace the tumbler assembly (ignition switch). If you have security installed theirs a special procedure to relearn the key.

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Did you try to put it in neutral and try this?
Get back to me, i might be able to help.

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