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Jammed/locked ignition swith - 2000 Chev Suburban 1500

When I started the car it jammed in the start position briefly. I was able to return it to the standard running position, but was then unable to turn it either forward or backward. I finally shut off the vehicle by removing the ignition fuse after which I disconnected the battery.

Vehicle has 117k miles, regularly and religiously serviced, maintained. No prior indication of trouble, just suddenly ignition swith unmovable.

Is there a known history of this ? Is it something I should be on lookout for again?

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The tumblers have worn out and not engaeing properly. Repair consists of removeing the ignition switch assembly and installiing a new one. Since it has jammed, mostly a tumbler or two may have broken off in the cylinder houseing also.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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To much weight on the key chain will do this after a few years of stress on the ignition cylinder. Take not that your truck is almost 9 years old and if you have lots of keys on the key chain, most likely that is where your problem is to the failure of the ignition lock. Have a lock smith who is familiar with the pass-lock system to replace the ignition lock and reprogram the ignition keys so your security will not lock out the engine from starting. The dealer can do this also but i find the lock smith is a bit reasonable then the dealer and you don't have to tow the truck to the dealer. The lock smith can come out to you. Good luck and hope this helps. 

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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