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I can turn the key to the accessory position but it wont let me turn it to start the car

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To replaaaace ignition switch, you will need a steering wheel puller. Remove steering wheel, then the hard part...you have to depress the plastic cover around the shaft to remove the lock ring that holds it in. Once that is done, remove 3 screws holding in the cluster of white plastic gizmos, and pull it out carefully. There will be a small bolt holding the ignition switch in the column. Remove it and pull the switch out. Replace it, then try to put it all back together without cursing.

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My key is stuck in the ignition.


Your car has several different ignition positions. They each offer slightly different functionality.
Off: In this position, the engine is off, and so are your electronic accessories (unless the delay has not expired yet). You can still turn on lights (headlights, interior lights, etc.).
ACC: This is the accessory position. Turn the key to ACC if you want to listen to the radio, play a CD or use other accessories without cranking the engine.
On: In this position, all of the electronics should come on. This is also the position that the key will return to after cranking the engine.
Start: Turn the key to this position to crank the engine. Let go of the key when the engine is running and the key will return to the on position.

http://www.aa1car.com/library/ignition_switch_positions.jpg

I use to own a car that had an ignition that was ACC - OFF - ON - START.

Try turning your ignition one position clockwise and see if the radio turns off and the key comes out.

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2002 pontiac grand am not starting


My brother's 02 grand am 2.2L would not start. Car has spark, fuel pump works,
good battery, plugs and plug boots new, new fuse for the fuel pump in the fuse block under the hood, everything seems to work but car won't start, crank sensor fine timing chain fine etc... The problem was a security issue. Security light on dash was blinking when trying to start the car but car won't start. The fix for me was Attempt to start the car by turning the key to the Start/Run Position.
Observe that the vehicle fails to start and that the security light is blinking.
Release key to the 'ON/Accessory' Position. (DO NOT turn key to the 'off' position.)
Allow the vehicle to sit with the key in the 'ON/Accessory' Position for no less than 12 minutes.
Turn key to off position and allow the vehicle to remain in the 'OFF' position for no less than 30 seconds. Then try to start the car. I was surprised this worked for me. 2002 pontiac grand am 2.2L. Hope this helps for you folks.

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he ignition switch generally has four positions: off, accessories, on, and start. Some cars have two off positions, off and lock; one turns off the car, and the other allows the key to be removed from the ignition. When the key is turned to the accessories position, certain accessories, such as the radio, are powered; however, accessories that use too much battery power, such as window motors, remain off in order to prevent the car's battery from being drained. The accessories position uses the least amount of battery power when the engine is not running, which is why drive-in movie theaters recommend that the car be left in theaccessories mode during the movie.

The on position turns on all of the car's systems, including systems such as the fuel pump, because this is the position the ignition switch remains in while the car's engine is running. The start position is spring loaded so that the ignition switch will not remain there when the key is released. When the key is inserted into the ignition switch lock cylinder and turned to the start position, the starter engages; when the key is released, it returns to the on position, cutting power to the starter. This is because the engine runs at speeds that the starter cannot match, meaning that the starter gear must be retracted once the engine is running on its own.

Either the ignition switch or the lock cylinder may fail in a car, but both circumstances have very different symptoms. When the ignition switch fails, generally the electrical wiring or the plastic housing develops problems. The car may not turn on and/or start when this happens. Also, the spring-loaded start position could malfunction, in which case the starter will not engage unless the key is manually turned back to the on position.

When the lock cylinder malfunctions, however, the operation of the key itself will become problematic. If the tumblers become stripped, the lock cylinder may be able to turn with any key, or you may be able to remove the key when the car is on. If the tumblers begin to shift, the lock cylinder may not turn. Sometimes the key can be wiggled until the lock cylinder turns, but it is important to remember that this is only a temporary fix.

Replacing an ignition switch can be tricky business, particularly in newer cars, because of the anti-theft devices used in cars. Once the ignition switch is separated from the back of the lock cylinder, the car can be started with a screwdriver, making it vital that this switch be difficult to get to. It is important to consult a shop manual before attempting this kind of repair, as the anti-theft devices may require special tools; attempting to remove an ignition switch without the proper tools can render the car inoperable.


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I have 02 pontiac grand am and it wont start, it cranks over and getting spark and getting fuel, I replaced crank sensor, however i pulled spark plugs and didnt smell gas in the cylinders when someone else...


Attempt to start the car by turning the key to the Start/Run Position.
Observe that the vehicle fails to start and that the security light is illuminated. leave the key in the 'ON/Accessory' Position. (DO NOT turn key to the 'off' position.)
Allow the vehicle to sit with the key in the 'ON/Accessory' Position for no less than 12 minutes.
Turn key to off position and allow the vehicle to remain in the 'OFF' position for no less than 30 seconds. Then start the engine. This worked for me.

Apr 06, 2012 | 2002 Pontiac Grand Am

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What does it mean when your check enine light is on and the security light is flashing and your car wont start?


If the security light is flashing than the security system is active. It has shut down the fuel injectors and will not let you car start. What you need to do is turn the key to the run position, do not turn all the way to the start position, and leave it there until the theft light stops flashing (10-20 minutes). Once it stops flashing turn the key to the crank position and see if it starts.

You may want to have a battery charger on the battery or at least turn off all the accessories so you don't drain the battery.

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Car will not do anything as far as starting,accessories will work,what could be problem?


Hi. Check first the battery connection. Terminal might be loose. Dashboard led indicators should lit up when you turn the key to ON position. You will be able to turn on the radio also if the key is in Accessories position.

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How do i install my ignition lock cylinder to my 1997 oldsmobile aurora


Pu the key in it and put the cylinder in the hole in the on position and turn the key back to accessory position . pull on key to verify it is locked in.

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Drove 01 alero 10 miles. turned it off for 10 min and wont restart.turns over and is getting spark.


I have the same problem with my piece of junk alero! I hate this car but if you turn your key to the on position and let it sit like that for about 15 minutes turn it off then try starting it i bet it starts, its a problem with the security system, it may do this from time to time, just do like i said turn the car all the way to the on position not just the accessory position but all the way on wait 15 min. for the security system to reset itsself and it should start. it cost me 170.00 to find this out, good luck

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