MY steering column is locked on my 2004 Saturn Ion the key will not turn on. What do I do?

Payne Joseph
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Asked by Payne May 23, 2013 at 06:21 PM about the 2004 Saturn ION 2 Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Light with a car and lock shows up on the dash

5 Answers

Joshua Carlson
275

That light is the theft-deterrant system. Does the key not turn, or does the car refuse to start? If the key isn't turning, you should just need to wiggle the steering wheel to take the force off the column lock so the ignition can turn.

Payne Joseph
10

The key will not turn at all. We have tried every thing.

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Joshua Carlson
275

This leads me to believe there's something mechanical going on here. Do you have a spare key to try? I wonder if your key has worn down faster than the pins in your ignition switch.

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Payne Joseph
10

The locksmith I talked to said I will need a new key made.

Joshua Carlson
275

That's what it sounds like to me. Don't have your current key cloned- you should head to the dealer and have them make a fresh one that meets the original shape according to the VIN number. It's gonna be a bit expensive since it's a chipped key, but hopefully that'll fix the problem.

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