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2000 saturn: ignition wont light..same car

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I left the ignition key on in my 2000 saturn sl2 now it wont start,the battery is fully charged havent found ant blown fuses,the security light is flashing,how do you remove the ignition lock cylinder from the same car
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Saturn
Expert:  Anthony replied 6 years ago.

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Try this procedure below exactly as it says. Your car may have forgot the code from your key.


Tools Required


  1. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
  2. Attempt to start the engine, then release the key to ON. The vehicle will not start.
  3. Observe the SECURITY telltale, after approximately 10 minutes the telltale will turn OFF.
  4. Turn OFF the ignition, and wait 5 seconds.
  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 two more times for a total of 3 cycles/30 minutes. The vehicle is now ready to relearn the PasslockTM Sensor Data Code and/or passwords on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK.


    The vehicle learns the PasslockTM Sensor Data Code and/or password XXXXX the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK. You must turn the ignition OFF before attempting to start the vehicle.


  6. Start the engine. The vehicle has now learned the PasslockTM Sensor Data Code and/or password.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
can this be performed while the column plastic is removed?How does the ignition cylinder lock come out?
Expert:  Anthony replied 6 years ago.

Yes, it can be done with the cover off. The ignition lock comes out like shown in the diagram below:


  • Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  • Remove the lock cylinder bezel from the steering column shroud by carefully prying with a thin bladed screwdriver.
  • Remove the shroud fasteners and remove the steering column upper and lower shroud panels.
  • Insert the key into the ignition lock cylinder and rotate to the RUN position. Then rotate the ignition cylinder back to the ACC position.


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