How to easily handle locked ignition for '95 saturn s-series?

Travis Snell

Asked by Dec 15, 2014 at 12:36 AM about the 1995 Saturn S-Series 4 Dr SL Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have no idea how my gilfriend managed
this, but somehow she got the key out of
her ignition when it didnt disengage the
locking mechanism. It is in the 'off' position,
but putting the key in place is impossible.
There is no debris in the key slot, and I tried
using a dry lubricant to no avail.

Replacing the ignition plus cost of getting
the car towed is going to be too much
especially since the holiday season have us
even more strapped for cash. Any ideas?

1 Answer


Yep but you won't like it, you need to remove the column covers, remove the switch assembly from the back of the tumbler assembly, this way you can start the engine by turning just switch with a screwdriver, then comes the hard part, you have to carefully drill out the tumbler enough so you can drive the tumbler lock pin in to disengage the tumbler assembly. If you have never done this type of work before I advise not doing it as one wrong move and you can ruin the tumbler housing thus doubling cost.

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