2005 Pontiac Grand Am 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 85,000 miles
The key wont turn, the transmission is in park and the car doesn't roll but the steering wheel is NOT locked.
I read our car manual and found a section about the cars 'transaxle' (?) And how the symptoms above can happen if this component gets damaged. However, the books says this damage is caused when the car is shifted into park and turned off before coming to a complete stop and the car is still in motion.
This wasn't the case. I was in a parking space and completely stopped with the car idling in drive, my foot on the brake while I retrieved money from my purse. After approximately 30 seconds, I attempted to turn off the car but could not. I realized instantly what was wrong and shifted to park, set the hand brake and turned off the key.
I have never had any trouble with either the key nor the transmission/shifter lever.
My son checked around and feels that the tumbler may be damaged since both my husband and I have double keyrings that separate in the middle with between 8 - 12 keys total on each of our keyrings plus the factory keyless remote device.
We desperately need the car working but dont have money for costly diagnostics and repairs. If possible, we will do the repairs ourselves but need guidance on what the most likely cause might be and the best way to proceed on our tight budget.
Any and all advise will be greatly appreciated and of course, the sooner the better~
Thank you very much,
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Saturday, December 20th, 2008 AT 8:27 PM