Key won't turn

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Ken Knott, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. Ken Knott

    Ken Knott Guest

    Ok, I've had this happen in other cars but I can eventually get it to work,
    but this time I'm stuck.

    Saturn 2000 LS2....

    Key won't turn.
    Car IS IN park....
    Steering whell is locked.... Wan't originally but after messing with it and
    turning it in an attempt to free up the keys, it locked....
    I've tilted the steering wheel back and forth, no effect.
    I've push the car back and forth, no effect.

    The damn key won't turn!

    I've tried it turned both way, I've tried my spare keys... no effect.

    It was working last night when I parked...

    Anyone had issues with this with Saturns?


    Ken Knott, Nov 22, 2003
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    clutch Guest

    Try twisting the key while alternately turning steering wheel right
    then left. Put a little force into turning steering wheel.

    clutch, Nov 22, 2003
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    Jay Bollyn Guest

    You need a new ignition lock cylinder. Very common problem with Saturns.
    Jay Bollyn, Nov 22, 2003
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    Joe Biadasz Guest

    See if you can pull the gear selector in a different gear,, If you can thats
    your problem. Put it in neutral then turn the key moving the steering wheel.
    See if you can get it freed up ..

    Also is this a copy of the ignition key? If so see if you can use the
    orginal key.
    Joe Biadasz, Nov 22, 2003
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    Joe Agro Guest

    Try spraying some WD40 in there using the "red thingy" that comes with the

    Then run out and get some graphite powder to use as the WD40 is NOT an oil,
    but more of a solvent and will disappear in a few days.

    If that doesn't work, a locksmith may need to replace the cylinder - or you
    could remove it and drive around with a flat-head screwdriver rather than a
    key. Low security, high reliability.

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    Joe Agro, Nov 23, 2003
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    Steve Guest

    Hi, Ken,
    Well, I've had this problem with a *lot* of different cars. Often, the
    problem can be solved by turning (not tilting) the steering wheel one way or
    the other, then trying to turn the ignition key. Sometimes, the problem is
    that the car was parked on a hill and rolled -- in this case, it took a lot
    of key jiggling and steering wheel turning to convince it to "unlock."
    Good luck!
    Steve, Nov 24, 2003
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