Key Won't Turn In Ignition Seal Of This Might Hurt


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
111,982 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Oldsmobile Alero accessories - interior problems

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2003 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 222011

Alero 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,965 miles


Okay about two months ago my key started to take some time to turn in the ignition like it wasn't catching. It would take a jiggle or two and then it would catch and start no problem and then I was on my way. Here we are two months takes about a minute or more of jiggling the key to even get it to turn. It'll start fine all mornings except for one, and then after it sits for 9 hours in the AZ heat it's not wanting to start. That began one day about two weeks ago...I went out to may car and it wouldn't start...thinking it was the battery go a jump and finally it started we replaced the battery and that worked for about a week. Now I have a new battery, I park in the shade, but problems, I've read to put the key in the ON position and it'll eventually start, that worked about 3 days, and now it takes me doing that for about 20 minutes, and several trys. A few times it'll start and then it'll just die. What the heck is wrong with this car. I don't have the $$$ to just throw parts at it like other people have done and hope it fixes the problem. It's oil changes are up to date, the only thing I can think is the key. I only have one key that I got when I purchased it. The edges of the key do look worn. Someone please help send me in the right direction. Thank you!!!

- , Goodyear, AZ, US

problem #1

Nov 212009

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles

Problem seems to be a defective switch. I am waiting to find out how much it will cost. The price for the part seems to range from $80 - $250. The labor will no doubt be more than the part, since it seems that the entire dash needs to be torn apart to make the repair.

- , Port Royal, PA, USA

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