Ignition lock malfunction


I have a pontiac grand am, 1997, 130,000 miles 2.4 L. I have recently noticed a jam (4 weeks ago) while I turn off my car key into lock position, 5 days ago it started to not go into lock position at all and now I have to undo my battery so it doesnt go dead due to my dashboard lights staying on. 3 months ago a friend and I tried to install a remote start and had problems with a bypass module for the antitheft and didnt install the remote system. What do you think the problem and answer is for this situation?

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 AT 12:23 PM

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I had a similar problem in my 2000 Grand Prix. I ended up replacing the electrical ignition switch which took care of this. I also had other odd problems being caused by the ignition switch which went away after I replaced it. The ignition switch controls the ignition lock actuator that you are having a problem with.

On my GP, there is a plug on the underside of the steering column, just below the key, that can be popped out so that you can insert a pen or the like to push up on this actuator and then be able to turn your key back to remove it. See if your GA has this to get you by until you replace the switch.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 AT 9:15 PM

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