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I just bought a used 1998 pontiac and 3 things 1) I have to giggle my key to start it sometimes up to 10 times to get it , this is a pain, is this hard to fix or replace? 2) is there such a thing as a FREE carfax report? 3) where do I get a owners manual for this car? btw, Why does everyone keep telling me I bought a piece of junk , they say ''Just look on the internet''? I've only had it 2 days and I'm getting all these negative comments. D

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  • cmtlady222 Jul 26, 2009

    Maybe I didn't describe my key in the ignition problem correctly. I put the key in , and the steering wheel locks (which is normal) but after trying once, twice,
    three, sometimes 10 times the steering wheel will
    NOT unlock right away and the key won't go forward
    or backward for sometimes 10 tries. The guy I bought
    it off of sprayed WD 40 on it. that didn't help.
    My question is can it be fixed or what needs or can
    be replaced? sorry My first question was not
    described properly.


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I had a 97 Cavalier, which is mechanically the same car, and it was a very reliable car. The column unfortunately is a bit of a tough job since the bolts that hold it up or coming in from the top. So you have to take part of the dash off or the speedo cluster. I never tried to change out the ignition but I would try that before getting into anything like this. And you can get an owners manual at a junkyard or you can go to a parts store and get a Chilton or Haynes book on your model/year. These have everything an original manual have and then some. I don't know anything about a Carfax report. Hope this helps

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