1997 chevy cavalier stuck in the reverse position and will not budge and my key will not turn

Mike Mcclanahan-Driskel

Asked by Jul 30, 2016 at 06:03 PM about the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I let someone barrow my 1997 chevy calvlier and they did not bring it back
the police did recover the car but with no key, The gear shiftier was in the
reverse position when the car was recovered. A acquaintance with a
somewhat miss guided youth said he could hot wire it to get it back home
so the police would not impound it as I would not have been able to pay for
it to get out. He tried unsuccessfully to hot wire it well that did not work. So I
took my title to the dealer and  they cut a new key with the proper code for
the pass lock system as the key has no chip in it. I put the key in and it will
not turn in any direction and I am unable to move the gear shiftier in any
direction from the reverse position. I am a single dad full time with 3 boys
8,11 & 14 needless to say if I have 10.00 at the end of the week  it is a
celebration!! I am not complaining I love my boys more than anything and it
is worth any hardship. But I need my car to get to work! they also smashed
the windshield  and broke the mirrors. the person I lent the car to lent it to
someone else. I carry the min state required insurance so replacing that is
already taking money that was for our electric. I am pretty handy and can
do the repair if I know what it is, but I have no clue, could the effort to hot
wire it have reset the anti theft codes? the key will not turn I believe
because the shiftier is in the reverse position, and I think the shiftier can not
go out of reverse because I can not turn the key :( please any suggestions
or ideas to try would be very much appreciated :))

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