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Old 07-29-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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HELP! 1997 Chevy Cav 2.2ltr AutoTrans_________Key will not turn.
Looking for possible solutions to fix. Tumbler mechanism? Removal and install.
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Try a little shot of WD40 on the key and insert it in to the ignition wet, that should loosen up any filings that might be binding up. If a few shots of that don't work, ya, you may be taking the lock apart.
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Is the steering wheel locked into a tight position that would prevent the lock from moving? Try moving the steering wheel left and right while turning the key and see what happens.
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Tired the lubricant and also tried turning wheel. The Haynes Book references turning key before the lock can be removed, but the key wont turn? Still not sure what to do next!
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Do you have another key to try?
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jiggle the shifter too when you move the steering wheel
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id jiggle the shifter, or hit it. My brother had the same problem with his grandprix.
he had to punch the shifter HARD if he wanted the key out.
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That is a common GM problem and affects alot of the dash mounted ignitions. If the WD-40 does not work, you will have to have a dealer replace the mechanism. Our dealership charges approx $220.
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