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What is wrong if you cannot turn the key in your Saturn ignition and cannot put it in neutral?

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2009-08-21 01:06:59
2009-08-21 01:06:59

There is something funky with the ignition lock (security feature) on the Saturn. I've had mine replaced twice, and have also had service calls and had to have a lock smith work on it to get it where it would turn. [One of the lock smiths suggested that I LIGHTLY tap the key with a hammer, which has actually worked for me. I keep a small hammer in the dash.] I've never noticed any time that I could not put the Saturn in neutral. [Although I never tried to do that when I could not turn the key in the ignition, if you are talking about this happening simultaneously.] I have a 2001 Saturn s series and only have my 2 spare keys. I was having problems turning the key in the ignition also and tried jiggling the steering wheel a bunch. I tried hitting it lightly with a hammer and it worked. However, the next time I went to start it it took a couple of turns to get the key to turn in the ignition again. Gonna bring it to the shop soon to find out what's going on but it seems like the hammer thing is a good quick fix. I have had the same problem. Tapped with hammer and the tumblers fell into place. Then use grafite to lubricate the lock. Fixed problem. i have a 1994 sl2 when the key is turned to off i have to remove the key and reinsert it to make it work again has been like that for years

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