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Old 05-31-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Hello, I have a fun problem. I have a 2001 Saturn SL1. My ignition is locked up with the key in the off position. My steering wheel is locked as well. I am broke as a joke and cannot afford to buy much of anything to fix this.

No its not just that my steering is locked, I've had been doing the jiggle trick for a while now. I am not getting a new key from GM.

I have rigged up the wiring for the ignition switch the best I know how, but I am stuck. The car will start, but will not stay running. A "security" light is on in my tach, I'm guessing I need to bypass that security somehow. Any thoughts?

I was going to attach pictures, but it said I can't until I've made more than 15 posts. I was wondering what the 3 wires were that connect to the upper part of the ignition near the key entry were?

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Old 05-31-2012, 08:01 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ignition help, and lots of it!

Classic symptoms of a worn key that has been left to long before being replaced. If you are lucky getting a new key cut form code will solve your issue. If it doesn't then the ignition cylinder would need to be replaced.


However if you refuse to even get a new key then you may as well throw the car away.

You may also want to remember that if the key will not turn then the steering wheel will not unlock unless you remove the ignition cylinder housing from the steering column.

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Old 05-31-2012, 09:06 PM   #3
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You can attach pictures if you use the attachment feature (paper clip icon above the editor window). You can't post links to pictures (or anything else, for that matter) on other sites.

You will need a new key at the very least. You may need a new lock cylinder. As hinted by the previous post, budgeting for minor expenses like this are part of owning a car. If you have another key that's less worn, try it. If that doesn't work, and if you're lucky, you _might_ find a local locksmith who can still "read" your key well enough to determine what the original cut code was, and cut a fresh key based on that code, and it _might_ just turn in the cylinder.

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Old 05-31-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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Thanks for the upload tip. So no one knows how to bypass the security? Otherwise known as hotwire this car?

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Old 05-31-2012, 11:01 PM   #5
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Default Re: Ignition help, and lots of it!

My local locksmith cut me a new key using a dealer-style key cutter. It cost $25, and extras were $3 each. The old key was necessary for guessing the code, and if the key is badly worn, a lot of guessing will be necessary.

My friend's key was worn down like a butter knife. A new code-cut key pretty much solved the problem. It is still necessary to pull the key up slightly while rotating, but it isn't almost impossible to start the car anymore. I also lubricated the lock.

I have had good luck with spraying a lot of WD-40 into seized locks. WD-40 is thin and contains solvents that loosen up solidified gunk, and also washes away debris.

Your first step would be to obtain an unworn key, and the second would be to clean out the lock with WD-40 or a solvent designed for locks, and then properly lubricate it at least once a year. I use oil. Others prefer powdered mica. I have yet to try it. Lubrication is essential, however. My lock works well at 235k.

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Thanks for the upload tip. So no one knows how to bypass the security? Otherwise known as hotwire this car?
See post #5. http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho....php?t=181102#

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