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?
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 thief..you 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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I'm going to answer this question since I don't know how the security system would affect the lock. If you can get the key out of the lock, you may want to spray some WD40 or other lube in the slot where the key goes. If that does not help, you should be able to drop the cover from under the steering wheel and disconnect the switch from the lock cylinder. If the lock is still stuck, it may have damaged tumblers or something may be jammed with the shifter and steering wheel lock.
The ignition lock cylinder or tumbler for a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix should not cost you any more then $25 dollars at a part store such as Auto Zone or Advanced Auto. If you actually need a whole new ignition switch that could run you as much as $150. Keep in mind that the lock cylinder and the ignition switch are two different things. I hope this helps.
you put your ignition key into the lock cylinder. if you put the right key in, it fits and turns the ignition switch. so your ignition switch is more or less directly behind and in line with your key when it is in the lock cylinder. inside the steering column. it is not easy to get at, and you will find that special anti-theft tools are needed to replace it.
disconnect the battery and pull the air bag fuse out to diable the air bag. Remove the steering coulmb trim covers and expose the lock cylinder. If the lock cylinder can be turned and is functional then push in the bottom tab and turn the lock cylinder then pull the whole cylinder out. If the keys broke inside and the lock cylinder is not functional the bottom tab will need to be drilled out.
1st - pop off the face plate ring
2nd - remove bolt(s) 1 -2 of them
3rd - insert key into switch and turn
This releases the cable lock and you should be able to pull it right out
the new cylinder's key has a different code, so the anti-theft module has to reset to accept that code, with the old cylinder u could program extra keys as long as u had one key that worked, but since that is not the case with a new lock cylinder I think u are stuck with taking it to the dealer, any GM dealer can do this job, call around and try to get a lower estimate. Before having it towed try this work around I found on a car thread on this issue:
1) Put the key in the ignition and turn to the "ON" position. Leave it that way for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes turn the key and take it out. Repeat this process (2) more times (3 times, 30 minutes total) This should reset the passlock system to recognize your key. Not sure this will work but it is worth a try.
I have 07 Pontiac Grand Prix, the wrong key was inserted into the ignition the other day. Now when I try to use the correct key it will not insert completly in the ignition, goes in until last 1/4in of key. Im stuck, I bought the new lock cylinder but how do I get the old one out? I cant get the key to insert all the way so I cant get it to the "On" position, it will not turn at all. The key that was inserted in error is whole and nothing is missing it seems like there is something stuck. Any help would be appreciated...