Mechanics

IGNITION WONT TURN ON

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

When I put the key in the ignition and try to turn it, it doesnt budge at all. When I first tried it the steering wheel wasnt locked, so I tried moving the steering wheel around and turning the key but still it wouldnt move. I turned wheel to the left and about 3/4 of the way it locked and still the ignition doesnt budge.
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Melvindoo92
October 27, 2011.




The car is in park

Tiny
Melvindoo92
Oct 28, 2011.
Is this caused by a bad ignition?
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Tiny
Melvindoo92
Oct 28, 2011.
It could be the tumbler needing lubericated. They make special lubericant for lock tumblers. Try that first. You can get it at most parts stores.

Just to add to this one it could be a worn out key does your key look worn?

Saturntech9
Oct 28, 2011.
Can you use wd-40?

Tiny
Melvindoo92
Oct 28, 2011.
No it doesnt. Ive also tried two different keys

Tiny
Melvindoo92
Oct 28, 2011.
Yes. Just don't over do it. Also, make sure the key isn't worn to a point it no longer works as mentioned by melvindoo92. If you have a spare one, try it.

Alright I lubericated it and it still wont budge. Any suggestions on what I should try next?

Tiny
Melvindoo92
Oct 28, 2011.
You should use dry graphite to lube the cylinder. Try lightly taping on the key hole with a hammer then try turning it.

Saturntech9
Oct 28, 2011.
What is dry graphite?

Tiny
Melvindoo92
Oct 28, 2011.

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