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All of the copies of the key to my 99 saturn sl2 are sticking in the ignition, and very hard to remove. recently i have had to leave key in the ignition. what can be done to repair this?

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  • rrmcknight Aug 05, 2010

    thanks for all your help.

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There are pins in the ignition switch that can stick. With your battery disconnected, spray some lube in there if you can get the key out. Spray some lubricant in there. Let it sit for a couple minutes, spray again and try to work the key around. Let it dry for 20 minutes before re-connecting the battery.
If it just will not loosen up, I would change the ignition switch.

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  • rrmcknight Aug 05, 2010

    what kind of lubricant, wd40 or something heavier?

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Aug 05, 2010

    Either wd40 or they also sell "knock it loose" or liquid wrench

  • rrmcknight Aug 05, 2010

    now if this doesn't work, how do i replace the ignition switch? and am i gonna need 2 different keys now? one for the ignition and 1 for everything else.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Aug 05, 2010

    You would need 2 different keys. One for ignition, one for the doors.

    disconnect battery, remove the panel underneath the the steering column,
    disconnect airbag- yellow clip. remove the plastic housing over
    steering wheel, turn key to ACC position, on the top and to the right
    side of the switch there is a small hole with a button in it, press the button and the switch should slide right out. To
    replace the new one, make sure key is turned to the ACC position and
    everything will line up.


  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Aug 05, 2010

    Not a problem! Thank YOU for using FIxya!

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