KEY WON'T TURN IN IGNITION

  • Tiny
  • DHSCatcher13
  • 2001 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 13,800 miles

I have a 2001 Malibu. I can put the key into the ignition but the key won't turn. It won't move past the off position. My steering wheel isn't locked and won't lock no matter how I turn It. The gear shift is in the park position and won't shift into any other gear. The break also seems to be much harder to push than normal. I have no idea what is causing this. I recently disconnected the ac panel from the dash to repair the a/c button because it was sticking. After repairing it I started having the problem with the ignition. Any idea what it could be? I do have a security system that came on the car. Maybe that's causing it? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Monday, September 10th, 2012 AT 8:19 PM

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  • KHLow2008
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Either you have the wrong key or the lock cylinder has failed.

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 AT 6:46 AM
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  • petetimpson
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My 2001 Malibu has an ignition problem. The key is in the off position. The shifter is in park. The steering wheel moves freely. I have seen numerous videos/comments about changing the switch and/or tumbler. Most of these say that the key must be in the "on" position. If the situation is like mine. What should I do? Change the entire switch and tumbler with new keys? If so, will they be able to be programmed into the system? Many thanks in advance

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Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 AT 11:29 PM
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  • KHLow2008
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Check with a locksmith. He might be able to repair the tumblers without requirement of any reprogramming.

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 AT 6:01 PM

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