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In my 2002 pontiac grand am the key will go in and can be removed fromt he ignition however it will NOT turn in either direction. the steering colum is not frozen and the car will not shift out of park...what can i do? is this mechanical or electrical?

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  • jaydeeme3 Sep 13, 2010

    So is there a way for me to check it in the parking lot it is stranded in or do I have to have it towed to get it checked?

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Get your ignition tumbler checked. i had the same problem with mine 2 years ago. your shifter will only come out of park when the ignition is on and you have your foot on the brake.

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Hammer on the end of the key with the handle of a screwdriver while trying to turn the key. Worked twice for me.

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