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1997 Grand Prix will not start

Grand Prix is locked in park and the key is locked in the ignition. The battery has power to the relay center. Also the interior lights do not come on when a door is in the open position. Is there a common problem solution for this issue? I have check some of the fuses but them seemed to be intact.

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The same happened to me. I found out you have to have a full 12 volts in the system or your key can be locked. I would say try the connections at the battery or try another battery. Once I made sure the connection was tight at the battery the key came right out. Hope this helps

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Key stuck in ignition of 97 grand prix


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When you turn the ignition key to start your car, voltage from the battery flows through the ignition switch to the Park/Neutral safety switch and/or brake pedal or clutch pedal safety switch (you have to push the pedal down before the circuit will complete) to the starter relay or solenoid. When the relay or solenoid is energized by voltage from the ignition switch circuit, it closes a contact that routes more power from the battery directly to the starter to crank the engine. The starter motor spins, pushes the starter drive gear to engage the flywheel and cranks the engine.

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Bad ignition switch (Check to see if voltage reaches starter relay/solenoid when turn to start. If not, check for open P/N switch and brake or clutch pedal switch. Replace ignition switch if defective).
Open P/N safety switch, or open Brake Pedal Safety Switch (automatic transmission) or open Clutch Pedal Switch (manual transmission). Bypass switch with jumper wire to see if engine cranks, or use test light or voltmeter to check for voltage passing through switch when ignition is turned to start.
Engine seized due to bearing failure or internal damage (Use socket and long handle to see if engine can be turned by hand, if not engine is locked up).
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