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Saturn Ion 3 ignition cylinder lock. I just went to the store and pulled into the parking lot. I went to turn off my car, and the key would not turn to shut the car off. I had to drive home to I went to another site where there are numerous complaints on this problem for the Ion 3 ignition cylinder lock. I managed to drive my car back to my house where my boyfriend had to disconnect wires to shut my car off. I am trying to figure (well, my boyfriend is) out how to pull out the ignition cylinder lock to try to replace this. This is not going to be good PR for Saturn if they don't honor out of warranty cars on this (mine is out of warranty by just 14 days). I am wondering if someone knows how to remove the keyed tumbler from the ignition lock?

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  • healthconsc2 Jul 20, 2009

    Thank you both for your quick reply and suggestions. I'm not even sure how to get the car started to take it to Saturn. The key won't go back in the ignition, so maybe the graphite suggestion would work for that?

    Either way, I am going to call Saturn tomorrow and if they give me a problem .. the 1-800 number. I didn't even mention how little I drove my car. The warranty may be up, but there is only 23,000 miles on my car.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    before you pull the lock cylinder go to a hardware store nd buy a tube of dry graphite powder lock lube.

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Im thinking your going to be ok as far as warranty repair,if your dealers service dept is insensitive, call Saturn assist @ 1.800.553.6000 On to the ignition switch ....separate colum halves with #2 screwdriver> access ignition housing and look for trip slot on top side of cylinder>use pocket size screwdriver to trip button in slot while in ACC position and pull out...good luck

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