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Why would the key not turn in the ignition of a 1997 Chevy Cavalier occasionally then after 10 minutes or so it will work?

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2015-07-17 17:31:40
2015-07-17 17:31:40

Okay, my guess is that your steering wheel has jammed against the ignistion locking mechanism, and that you are jostling it a little when you get in and out of the car. Try moving the wheel left and right (it's still locked, so it won't move much) while turning the key. Hope that this helps!

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It's possible that the shift interlock is either binding or getting ready to fail. Another possibilty is that the brake switch could be failing also, hence not sending a signal to the interlock mechanism.

Okay, this has happened to me several times. I've discovered that if you turn the steering wheel, the key will turn. Not sure why, maybe it locks up somehow, but it works for me. Good luck!

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