94 Geo Prizm - JUST put a new ignition module in 2 weeks ago today!
Now, I have it parked with the wheel slightly turned to the right and
the key won't slide in more than halfway.
I turned hard left, right, jiggled, etc. Damn thing still won't slide
in. I think it's the anti-theft business, but is there a way to make it
Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated. It has had trouble starting
last few weeks, replaced switch, battery, still was giving me trouble.
It will go in a little over half way, and it won't turn. I've banged on
the thing, hoping it would free the mechanism, but nothing. Dang thing!
It is an automatic and on an pretty flat parking spot, slight pitch so
I can't believe that would mess it up. I'm thinking I will drill out
the little tab that is connected to the ignition switch and maybe I
will be able to pull it out and put the old switch, hopefully.
Basically, if I can get this fixed I can either sell the car or get
something for a trade. I pretty much need a new car anyway.
Maybe the grade has something to do with it but, usually that is just
for the turning part not insertion. Try having a friend push or pull
your vehicle just a little bit "up" hill (maybe 3 inches or so).
While held "up" try the key business.
I actually took the jack out and raised the car's right side up several
inches, but nada. I think it's toast. Gonna drill the sucker.
Thanks for the tips. Poor little Geo, been a good little runner, will
Here is an update, if anyone is interested, on my ignition switch:
I drilled the little tab out of the switch and eventually got the new
broken switch out. Tried the old one, didn't work. Okay.
I took the old one apart, quite a project, and found the tumbler was
broken, that's why when I pressed in harder it sometimes started
The 2 week old one is a piece, have to return that thing!
Right now, I have the larger piece of the old broken tumbler stuck on
the end of my original key, stick it in, turn it, vroooooooooooom!!!!
Man, that felt great yesterday when I finally got it going! Smells like
victory. The car starts super duper, mostly, did yesterday, think I
left it in acc last night and she was starting slow today, so not
entirely sure yet about the starting thing.
So, the moral of the story is, umm, hmm, drill stuff, it's fun and
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