Ignition

Asked by Apr 01, 2019 at 11:18 PM about the 2003 Pontiac Grand Am

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Ignition locked up, any idea how to change/fix it

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If your front tires aren't wedged against something, try rocking the steering wheel until the key moves. If this doesn't work, it might be the brake-shift solenoid that prevents the shifter from moving to unlock the ignition along with the cable that trips the key lock. Or it might be that the battery is low, near dead, and that's preventing the shifter from moving and releasing the key. If the shifter moves and the key is stuck, you might have a defective ignition switch; the pins & springs inside the cylinder are broken and will not release the key or allow it to turn. Other than that, the key might be so worn that it no longer trips the pins properly. In this case, have a new key made by your VIN. If the new key won't work, even with filing to adjust to the worn cylinder pins, you'll have to replace the ignition switch/key.

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