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Old 04-06-2010, 11:33 AM   #1
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Default Ignition Lock Cylinder problems

I have a 2002 Saturn SL2 4door car and have been having problems with not being able to turn ignition key for few years but after wiggling steering wheel it would finally work but last Sat. it would not work at all. Followed suggestions on internet about pulling hard on steering wheel and wiggling it, took long time but was finally able to get it to start. I found link from here of video of removing the Ignition Lock Cylinder but I called Chevelot Dealership which has taken over repairs for Saturn and was told it was a lot more extensive than just replacing the lock cylinder. Something about the locking device in the steering column would have to be replaced. They quoted me a price of $600.00 for parts & labor. My question is this really true or they just trying to stick it to me. My car has a lot of other problems and putting that much back into it is really not worth it.
I would greatly appreciate help.
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder problems

Nope just replace the cylinder with a new one and new key. Have the cylinder assembled at the dealer. Follow the video and you'll be good.

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Old 04-06-2010, 12:22 PM   #3
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First thing to try is a NEW key. NOT a copy of your existing worn-out key, but a new one cut based on the key-code (which can be obtained via the VIN).

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Old 04-06-2010, 12:22 PM   #4
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Default Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder problems

I sure Thank you for your help.
My husband just watched the video and is trying to remove my old one as I type. Keeping my fingers crossed it's as easy as it looked.
One quick question as regards to "Have the cylinder assembled at the dealer"
not sure exactly what you mean?
Thanks again
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I have really enjoyed my Saturn but got a feeling it may be time to move on as things continue to come up.

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Old 04-06-2010, 02:33 PM   #5
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Default Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder problems

Read the previous reply and start with a new "cut key" from the dealer before replacing the lock cylinder! My '01 SL2 was bought used with only a single, worn out key. Experienced the exact same things as you describe and thought the cylinder was bad, but a new key from the dealer fixed the problem.

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If this is the worst for your saturn your doing alright. They are the easiest cars to work on.

+1 above. I assumed you diagnosed the problem already and were not still in the diagnosing stage. A new key may be the solution to your ignition issues. A new key is one cut at the dealer according to VIN #. However if a new key does not work then get a new cylinder.

The cylinder must have the tumblers put in them to match the key to your car...makes no sense to have universal cylinders that are all alike You can do this yourself...and maybe sit there for an hour and a half and possible not get it right, or have the dealer do it for you in 10 minutes for ~$20 extra bucks. Well worth the money I think.

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If this is the worst for your saturn your doing alright. They are the easiest cars to work on.

+1 above. I assumed you diagnosed the problem already and were not still in the diagnosing stage. A new key may be the solution to your ignition issues. A new key is one cut at the dealer according to VIN #. However if a new key does not work then get a new cylinder.

The cylinder must have the tumblers put in them to match the key to your car...makes no sense to have universal cylinders that are all alike You can do this yourself...and maybe sit there for an hour and a half and possible not get it right, or have the dealer do it for you in 10 minutes for ~$20 extra bucks. Well worth the money I think.
Just out of curiosity, when you replace the lock cylinder and have the dealer "build" it, you're having the tumblers set to the EXISTING key configuration/pattern?

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Just out of curiosity, when you replace the lock cylinder and have the dealer "build" it, you're having the tumblers set to the EXISTING key configuration/pattern?
Yupp. The tumblers are set according to VIN also.

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