1998 Grand Prix starting problem

Asked by Nov 24, 2014 at 08:18 PM about the 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix 4 Dr GT Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 98 Grand Prix that sometimes will not start. Ignition cylinder goes thru the
motions, dash lights come on but the starter will not engage. Periodically the key gets
stuck in the ignition and will not turn back far enough to release it. Should I look at
replacing the key cylinder, the electrical portion of the ignition or maybe the neutral safety
switch. Tho moving the shifter into neutral doesn't seem to help. The car is a console
shift auto trans.

1 Answer


Same thing happened to my kids car. Replace the shifter itself. It's fairly easy to do and cheap if you get it used from a junkyard. The shifter has a sensor in it that lets the ignition switch let go of the key.

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