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2001 buick century the key cylinder is broken and needs replaced, it seems metal pieces are inside the key slot not permitting the key to insert fully

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The tumblers are made of brass and do bind and break in time. The steering wheel has to be removed to replace this lock cylinder

Posted on May 09, 2010

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Buick century problems


Try squirting some electronics or brake cleaner in the keyhole. I sometimes follow this with a long piece of paper rolled up and flattened to fit in keyhole. Insert paper after you spray cleaning fluid, if it comes out with dirt on the tip you are cleaning the sensor that detects the key insert. This works on my 2001.

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1999 Buick Century Custom Security light blinks and car will not start


someone told me to by getting out of the car and locking the driver door with the key, going to the front passenger door and unlocking, then relocking the door using the key. I have to repeat this step 2-4 times and eventually it will start. ?????????
This has nothing to do with it starting !

This is what's happening , Inside the lock cylinder are contacts that read the resistance of the pellet on the key , the contacts are getting worn out . You have two options , replace the lock cylinder or by-pass it all together .
The PASS-Key II® ignition key (1) contains a unique resistor pellet which is idenified by the Body Control Module (BCM) (2). There are 15 different key (resistor) codes. Only one ignition key resistor pellet code will work with each PASS-Key II® theft deterrent system.
Ignition Key Lock Cylinder
The ignition lock cylinder contains spring loaded contacts which make physical contact with the ignition key when it is inserted into the ignition lock cylinder. This allows the ignition lock cylinder to provide the Body Control Module (BCM) (2) with the resistor code embedded in the ignition key.

GM VATS Key Resistor Key Security Bypass
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/sku/Buick/Century/Standard/Ignition_Lock_Cylinder/1999/SIUS222L.html?apwcid=bngpla

Jun 29, 2017 | 1999 Buick Century

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Ignition switch would start but would not lock into position (RUN) and would shut off and then ignition completely locked down and will not move


The ignition key cylinder in a Buick unlocks the ignition and allows the Buick's engine to start. The cylinder contains a switch on the end of it (inside the cylinder) that sends an electric signal to the starter motor. When the ignition key cylinder fails, the Buick won't start. When this happens, you'll need a new ignition cylinder. Purchase replacement cylinders from Buick.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:

  • Ignition key
  • Punch pin
  • Cross-point screwdriver
  1. 1 Remove the screws on the bottom of the steering column on your Buick. These screws hold the steering column cover on. You may need to tilt the steering wheel to its highest position to access these screws.
  2. 2 Turn the ignition key to the "II" position in the ignition cylinder.
  3. 3 Slide the punch pin into the access slot on the bottom of the ignition cylinder.
  4. 4 Push the pin all the way into the access slot while you pull the ignition cylinder out of the steering column.
  5. 5 Insert the new ignition cylinder into the steering column with the key in the "II" position on the cylinder.
  6. 6 Push the cylinder into the column until it "clicks," indicating that it is locked into the column.
  7. 7 Turn the ignition key to the "Off" position.

Dec 15, 2010 | 1995 Buick Riviera

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2001 Buick Centrury - Driver side window does not move. There is a plactic holding piece that broke in the metal part that holds the window.


they do not sell the clip so you have to buy the whole assembly. You can either replace the part by yourself or take it to dealer (500.00+ at dealer), less than 200-250 at auto parts store.

Sep 03, 2010 | 2001 Buick Century

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I lost my buick century 2001 key....how do i replace it


Unless the Vehicle has been "re-keyed", any GM Buick Dealer can cut a new key, based on the VIN No. It will cost about $20-30 for an ignition key. A bit less for the Trunk and Doors.

Aug 30, 2010 | 2001 Buick Century

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Where do I find the instructions for programing a buick century 1997 keyless remote?


METHOD 1 - NO TOOLS REQUIRED

  1. Sit in the vehicle driver's seat.
  2. Remove the ignition key from the ignition lock cylinder.
  3. Close all of the vehicle's doors.
  4. Press and HOLD the door "LOCK" switch to the "Unlock" position.
  5. Insert and remove the ignition key twice (without rotating the ignition lock cylinder).
  6. Insert the ignition key a third time leaving the key in the ignition lock cylinder. The ignition must be in the "OFF" position.
  7. Release the door "LOCK" switch from the "Unlock" position (three fast chimes will be heard when the remote control door lock receiver enters the programming/diagnostic mode).
  8. Press and HOLD the transmitter "LOCK" and "UNLOCK" buttons simultaneously for at least 12 seconds . Two fast chimes will be heard confirming successful programming.
  9. Repeat step 8 for each additional transmitter to be programmed.
  10. Remove the ignition key from the ignition lock cylinder

Sep 26, 2009 | 1997 Buick Century

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Ignition switch


The lock cylinder has a broken pin or one that is jammed, try spraying some WD40 into the key slot, if that doesn't work you will have to replace the ignition lock.

Sep 22, 2008 | 1996 Buick Century

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Car won't start; Replacement Key from GM or Starter Bad?


Check the cylinder, maybe the magnetic spot is not contacting the correct area of the cylinder. Cylinder may be loose, also poosibly bad computer chips on the keys.

Jul 23, 2008 | 2001 Buick Century

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