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Old 10-10-2002, 03:06 AM   #1
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I went to work today and when I shut the car off my key wouldn't come out. It won't let me go all the way back. It'll go one past the aux. position but that'* it. The only thing I can think of is the neutral safety switch? I tried moving the gear selecter back and forth several times with no luck. Any thoughts?
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It sounds like a new Ignition Cylinder is needed! BTW: if your car has a VATS key (Chip in key) then this going to be expensive since your going to need the Ignition Cylinder & 2 new keys to match the new VATS code! If it'* any consolation, my ignition cylinder will not even go to the accessory position! Try wiggling the gear shift in park while trying to pull the key out!
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DeathRat, my keys don't have the chips in them. I'm not sure what year that Bonnies started coming with them, but I guess it was after 90 anyways. I tried playing with the shifter again but it still won't come back!?!? Then I got mad and just ripped the #(^@^&* key out. So now I don't have to worry about leaving my keys in the car anymore, cause now I don't even need keys to start it LOL. Problem solved hehe.
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Now all you need is a cut off switch and alarm a club and wheel locks so nobdy drives off with the car
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That happened a couple times on my last car. Basically the combination of wiggling the steering wheel back-and-forth, jiggling the key and slamming the shifer into park is what got it out for me. I can't remember the specific order, but it was probably different every time.

Rat is right, get yourself a new cylinder. If I remember right the part was only $30-40 plus an hour labor, so under $100. If you know your way around, you could try to do it yourself.

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WOW! With a response like that I don't plan on heading down to Chicago any time soon PontiacFan Makes it worth it to live a little ways in the country, I haven't locked my doors on the Bonny more then 10 times since I got it in Jan. Hell I haven't locked my front door in over a year.
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