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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:43 pm    Post subject:  Key won't turn ignition. Reply with quote

Sorry guys, I haven't been on in forever... Embarassed Also embarrassed by the fact that I don't know why my sister's key won't turn in the ignition (the key is not new, but not worn, about 10 months old). Anyone have any ideas? I tried searching and didn't find anything.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:57 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Try tapping on the key, as if you're nailing in a nail, a few times, jiggle, tap, jiggle. It should eventually turn. Don't try to force the key to turn. Have patience.

Ironically, this just happened to my car this morning.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:08 am    Post subject:  Re: Key won't turn ignition. Reply with quote

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Sorry guys, I haven't been on in forever... Embarassed Also embarrassed by the fact that I don't know why my sister's key won't turn in the ignition (the key is not new, but not worn, about 10 months old). Anyone have any ideas? I tried searching and didn't find anything.

Thanks!


You neglected to include the year, make and model of the car - but I'll give it a shot.

It is possible that the steering wheel is in a position of "torque lock". That is, the wheel was turned slightly against resistance when the engine was shut-off - and this is causing the wheel lock mechanism to bind.

Try turning/ pulling the steering wheel in each direction before turning the ignition key and see if that releases the mechanism so the key will turn.

Good luck - let us know what you determine.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If it is a 2000-2005 Impala the car probably needs a new ignition cylinder or at the very least a new key. They tend to wear out over time and it's easier to replace if you can still turn the cylinder rather than wait until it's stuck in the off position.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:39 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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If it is a 2000-2005 Impala the car probably needs a new ignition cylinder or at the very least a new key. They tend to wear out over time and it's easier to replace if you can still turn the cylinder rather than wait until it's stuck in the off position.


Mine's at the dealer getting a new one as we speak. $700. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 3:16 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

What else are they replacing? 700 bucks is a hell of a lot for an ignition cylinder...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Turned out to be about $550 parts & labor.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Turned out to be about $550 parts & labor.


It costs that much? Good to know for future reference I guess.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:11 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It was 50/50 parts and labor. I looked up the part number when I got home and it's available for about $80 online from a few places. I guess it would depend on if you trust the source.

Labor includes having to program the keys to the car.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:45 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

550 is stil steep, but closer to wait I would expect a dealer to charge. I figured about 200 bucks for the part and 2 hours or so of labor for something around 450-500.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I had new front bearing hubs put on, the key thing, four wheel alignment and supercharger flush done. Total tab with tax was about $1,125.

Blew my budget for a transmission. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I had new front bearing hubs put on, the key thing, four wheel alignment and supercharger flush done. Total tab with tax was about $1,125.

Blew my budget for a transmission. Crying or Very sad


ouch....

supercharger fluid change - 10 min, new fluid and a turkey baster
alignment - $100
hub - 1 hour labor + part
key thing - $450

you need to find a different place to get your work done.

Find yourself a trusted mechanic, its not that hard. If I can find one in NY (the land of rip offs and scammers) you can find one near you.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Supercharger - I had to get an extractor to get the plug out. I replaced the fluid but ran out (I think) because I spilled a bunch. They just made sure it was topped off properly. This was actually a N/C to me.

Hubs - This is what started this all. I was going to do this myself. Got timken bearings for $199. I couldn't break any of the lug nuts even with a cheater pipe so I bought a $150 DeWalt 1/2" drive electric impact wrench. I could only get one lug to actually start turning, but the resistance let me know that the jackwagons that put on my new tires cross-threaded my lugs. So part of the charge for the hubs was new lug nuts and checking/fixing the rear lugs too.

Ignition - I've been living with this problem for a couple of years. It hasn't happened in about 3 months since I did the contact cleaning thing, which I did when I replaced the I/C (Thanks BBE).
It did it that morning at home and then at the dealership so I just said f**k it go ahead and take care of it. Peace of mind for me right now as well as when/if I eventually sell it or give it to my daughter.

Alignment was $120.

Sorry OP for hijacking your thread.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

It sounds like standard dealer pricing for repairs (at least in my experience the prices seem about right for what I've been quoted for various repairs).

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