2005 Pontiac Grand Am 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 85,000 miles
My key wont turn in the ignition, the transmission is in Park and the car will not roll, but the steering wheel is NOT locked. Cannot shift out of park either.
Read the manual and saw a section that mentioned a Transaxle (?Spelling) that can freeze up when the car is still moving while shifting into park and turning off the key.
In my case, I was sitting in a parking stall for a full 30 seconds while the engine idled in drive. I attempted to turn off the engine but couldn't because I hadn't shifted into park yet. I have done this on several occasions and each time I simply shifted into park, then turned off the key and set the parking brake.
I've never had any type of trouble with regards to turning the key or shifting in or out of any gears.
My son thinks that possibly the tumbler in the ignition may be the trouble since both my husband and I have key chains that have 8 - 12 keys, 'double' key rings that disconnect in the miiddle and the factory remote keyless entry device for this car.
We don't have money to spend on costly diagnostics and repairs, but we need the car and must fix it fast.
Any ideas on what the most likely cause is and the best way to get it fixed on a tight budget?
ANY ADVISE WHATSOEVER WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! PLEASE HELP~
Julie A. Olea
have the same problem?
Saturday, December 20th, 2008 AT 7:43 PM