Ignition problem, CANNOT TURN CAR OFF


Asked by Jan 11, 2014 at 10:39 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

PLEASE HELP. My Malibu 2001 ignition key always, always gives me a hard time trying
to turn off the car. I have to sit in the car and wait , keep trying back and forth drive
around a bit, turn the wheel, it is so frustrating! I bought the car just last month. What is
the problem?

5 Answers

ignition relay is sticking~ https://www.google.com/#q=2001+Chevrolet+Malibu+ignition+relay&tbm=sh op

now the reason that it is sticking is because there isn't quite the 12.5 volts to have it engage properly...and seems to be sticking~ test the voltage at the pins to see if the necessary voltage is at play there....you could also renew the ground connection from the 1/0 battery cable to chassis ground with a wirebrush~ thusly creating good ground and the necessary voltage to keep the relay out of the woods~


The key cylinder is worn out. Buy a new key cylinder and it will come with a new key.

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The cylinder has tumblers inside that the key pushes and lines up on. They get worn and won't release the key or let the key go in the slot.

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as click and clack said "don't have a heavy keychain" which makes sense...for this reason~

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