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2004 Grand Am ignition Switch

Hello my friends Grand Am key switch won't turn. I took a look at the switch and looked behind the solenoid to the switch and there is a hose hooked in the back of it. Do I need to empty the air bags to take this hose off? Also, what is this hose for? Oh yeah I know I need to unhook the battery before I unplug the switch, but when I put the new switch in do I need to get the security code re-programed?

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  • tonytone54 Dec 22, 2008

    key is hard to turn over, car wont start sometimes because it goes into security mode after i try to turn my key over after a few attempts, do i need a new lock cylinder and ignition switch or should i go to a dealer ship adn get a enw key, mine is bent

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    i tried switching it around but it started leaking out the hose so i put it back on

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Make sure to disconnect the negative side of the battery first and wait at least 2 minutes before messing with any air bag components. and yes you will need to get the security code reprogramed for the radio

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