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Change ignition cylinder? (lock?)

Someone broke into my 2000 pontiac grand am - they stuck something in the ignition and it won't turn, don't know if broken, or just stuck. I would like to replace it myself, but have no mechanical knowledge. Could someone post a step-by-step (including things like airbag disconnect, etc) with wiring diagrams or pictures? (dash mounted ignition) (9 months pregnant, can't afford much more than the cost of the part) also, what tools would be needed?

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    rose baker Aug 01, 2008

    It is dash mounted, not on the column (if it was, I already have the procedure for that) and if I could afford $400, I would pay someone to do it for me. No, I can use the new key with the ignition as long as I reset the pass-lock, as I have learned on this site, and if I knew how to get any key or anything else to turn the damn ignition I would, I am sorry if I am not a weak woman that relies on a man to do everything for her as *********** undoubtedly does.... I believe in doing things for yourself. Actually, I could afford it if I didn't have to replace two windows also. Come on you *******, I am stressed enough as it is, don't need no man hiding behind his mama skirt harassing women on line.

  • rose baker
    rose baker Aug 01, 2008

    Thank you for the apology. I have a young man in my neighborhood that I called the police on for breaking into my house and he broke in and damaged my vehicle while I was at work and with everything else, can't afford to fix it and it has been sitting for two weeks already, really need my car fixed. I do have the instructions for a column mounted ignition, just do not want to try and convert those to a dash mount and possibly do something that could cause injury to myself. But if I need to, i will definitely go ahead and try that approach.



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Grandammit...Hey...replacing a lock cylinger requires recoded ignition keys, and a new lock cylinder requires dissassembly of the steering column. Not an easy fix, and I wonder if you are really the don't sound like a 9 month pregnant girl. Sorry......if I am wrong I am wrong. Drive it with a scredriver until you give birth then fix it.

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    Chris Ski Aug 01, 2008

    What? I just am not giving security information out on line on how ignition systems work. I am deeply sorry if you were offended. My mama is no longer with us. Your insurance should pay for the repair, but I assume the deductable is the problem if you really are in need. I am sorry if you are...really.

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    Chris Ski Aug 02, 2008

    Thanks.If you take the old lock out you wont be able to drive...and you need to go to the hospital soon...I have 3 little girls,so If you want to get a start on fixing it, go to your local advance or NAPA...the kids that work at mine could care less if you look through the chiltons manual on that model...I had a 97. Use ur camera phone to take a few pics of the manual, after you tell the counter guys your plight. Then get the new part and have the keys coded for that cylinder(theres a chip in the key itself, and you will need to provide proof of ownership) and follow the chilton instructions (it's technical but readable) Log on to if you get stuck, sign up to partcipate, and plug in your car model to get tips and tricks from other techs. Buy a torx tool kit, as GM uses them a lot instead of phillips heads. The torx kit should only be about 10 to 20 bucks. Good Luck.



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