2000 Pontiac Grand Am Ignition switch

Tiny
RICHARD WEINER
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  • 2000 PONTIAC GRAND AM
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 120,000 MILES
I have determined that my car needs a new ignition switch but I cannot unplug the old one, particularly the Black, Round one the goes into the back of the switch and the small yellow one on top. I squeezed and lifted but it feels like it's going to break.
Thank you very much.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 9:35 AM

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Tiny
RACEFAN966
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Well it seems like it shouldn't be that hard. It say's to unbolt and unplug. Now there are locking tabs on the switch that need to be either depressed or lifted with a pic or small screwdriver. Here is a pic of the switch where it plugs in. If yours is different then please include a pic.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/249564_489925_1.jpg

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 10:28 AM
Tiny
RICHARD WEINER
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That's the right one, but it's not those two leads (wires). It's the other 2. ESPECIALLY the one on the back.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 11:13 AM
Tiny
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Ok can you send me a pic of what you are up against? If so great just include it in you next response. I have found many pics of the switch but none from the other side. I will look at work today and see if I have one in stock.
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Friday, October 23rd, 2009 AT 10:00 AM
Tiny
RICHARD WEINER
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Figured it out.
The ignition had to be in the run position.
It was the shift lock that wouldn't come out.
The switch corrected the starting problem.
Now if I could get the "Security" light to go out, I'd be a happy man. If you can help with that, I'd be happy to make another donation.
Thanks
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Friday, October 23rd, 2009 AT 2:15 PM
Tiny
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Great glad to hear you got it figured out and working. Now on the security system here is what I found. This say's it is a relearn procedure for the anti theft system. What you do is turn the key on engine off, now you momentarily turn it to the start position and release it back to the on position without actually starting the car. Observe the security indicator for about 10 minutes. Security light should go out after about 10 minutes. Then when it does turn key off and then start the car see if light comes back on. Let me know how it goes. Did you replace the key too?
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Saturday, October 24th, 2009 AT 8:48 AM
Tiny
RICHARD WEINER
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Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. Couldn't find my password.
The car is fixed but the LIGHT REMAINS ON. I tried your '10 minute' ordeal three times.
My original donation increase offer still remains, if you have any further ideas.
Thanks again.
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Saturday, October 31st, 2009 AT 8:40 AM
Tiny
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Ok if you would have it scanned. Call around and see if one of your local parts stores will do a free scan. Have it scanned and lets see if any of the codes point to the security system.
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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 AT 9:38 AM

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