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Old 11-28-2007, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default Ignition Switch stuck in Lock position .... where have I seen this before?

well, we made it to week five and 2200 miles before our first glitch in the new '08 Vue XR. the ignition switch was starting to "grab" on occasion in the past 8 or 10 engine starts. it gradually got worse and then yesterday the wife was attempting to start the car at the grocery store, and it took her 5 minutes of jiggling and jostling the key before it would release from the 'Lock' position.

we attempted to use the other key this morning, and this time nothing was able to release the ignition lock feature. tried everything I could think of -- moving the wheel back-and-forth, tapping the key with the handle of a screw driver, trying to access the ignition switch from below by removing the plastic and possibly pushing a latch to release the lock feature (good luck with that BTW -- there is no little access panel under the steering column like some other Saturns have apparently).

fortunately the car was in the garage so I had time to think about what to try next -- so, naturally I headed straight for this forum . when I did a search, I was surprised to see so many saturn owners over the years with ignition switch problems. sadly, I guess I can confirm Saturn still hasn't got this issue resolved completely.

based on what I read, the next step was to try some kind of lubricant -- some people promoted graphite, others stated silicone or wd40 worked for them. I tried the silicone approach. sprayed the key, put it in the ignition, removed/inserted the key several times and let it sit for about 15 minutes. went out to the car -- still No-Joy. sprayed the key again, repeated the same process as before, and what do you know? -- the switch finally released from the Lock position and I was able to start the car. we took the car out later today and ran several errands -- no problems so far -- knock on wood. oh, and just to be safe I put a can of silicone spray in the car just in case it acts up in a less desirable location than in my garage .

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Old 11-28-2007, 09:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ignition Switch stuck in Lock position .... where have I seen this before?

My ignition key often won't turn to start the engine unless I rock the steering wheel a bit, then it's fine. I think the adjustment for the safety interlock might be a tad off. Never had the problem as bad as you described though.

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Old 11-30-2007, 04:29 PM   #3
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Default Re: Ignition Switch stuck in Lock position .... where have I seen this before?

I think I saw a service bulletin about this issue. Contact your local retailer for clarification.

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