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.
GM Century/Lumina/Grand Prix/Intrigue 1997-2000
The vehicles covered by this guide use one of two types of ignition switches:
A mechanical key and lock cylinder built into the steering column, that works a pull rod to actuate the separate electrical portion of the ignition switch mounted further down the steering column. For more information and replacement procedures on this type of switch, please see .
An instrument panel-mounted ignition switch is also used on some W-Body vehicles. To service this switch, the radio, heater & A/C control panel and the instrument cluster must be removed. All of these procedures are found elsewhere in this section.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Instrument Panel-Mounted Ignition Switch
You must perform the Body Control Module (BCM) theft deterrent relearn procedure after replacement of the ignition lock cylinder. Failure to perform this relearn procedure means the BCM will not function properly. This means the vehicle will not be theft protected by the Passlock system and the engine may not crank or start. GM recommends that this procedure be performed with their Tech 2® or equivalent scan tool. An alternate relearn procedure is given at the end of this procedure.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the radio assembly following the procedures found in this section.
Remove the heater & A/C control head assembly following the procedures found in this section.
Remove the instrument cluster assembly following the procedures found in this section.
Detach the electrical connectors from the ignition switch.
Insert the key and turn the ignition switch lock cylinder to the ACC position.
Depress the transaxle park/lock cable retainer to release, then pull to remove the cable from the ignition switch.
You must perform the Body Control Module theft deterrent relearn procedure after replacement of the ignition lock cylinder.
If it is necessary to remove the ignition lock cylinder from the ignition switch (theft damage, etc.), use the following procedure:
Insert the key and turn the ignition switch lock cylinder to the ON position.
Using a small flat-bladed tool, depress and hold the lock cylinder retaining tab.
Using the key as an aid, pull to remove the ignition switch lock cylinder from the switch.
Remove the key from the lock cylinder.
Carefully pull to release the ignition switch bezel from the ignition switch lock cylinder.
Remove the ignition switch bracket bolts and remove the ignition switch through the instrument panel cluster opening.
Remove the bolts retaining the ignition switch to the bracket and remove the bracket.