I cannot get the key out of the lock position to start my '99 Cavalier. Sometimes if you wiggle the key while turning the steering wheel it will turn the switch and start up.

Asked by Aug 15, 2013 at 04:42 PM about the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sedan FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Sounds like the key or lock cylinder is worn. If you have a spare key, try that one. If the spare works have it duplicated and destroy the old, difficult, one. If you don't have a spare you can try and get the original key code from your local Chevrolet dealer. You'll need to take the vehicle registration and your driver's license to their parts department for proof of ownership. If the original code is no longer available replace the lock cylinder. The new lock cylinder will come with keys. HTH. -Jim


I had the same problem. I just had a new key lock,/keys put in and the problem was fixed. The key you use all the time wears, as does the lock, and they change their "fittings" together, so the other spare key that has not been used for some time may not work. Change it out, it should not be expensive to have a locksmith do. My wife's solution was to buy a new car.

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