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1998 oldsmobile achieva: it including spraying some wd-40

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i have a 1998 oldsmobile achieva and the key will not turn in the ignation. I have tried everything to turn it including spraying some wd-40 in the ignation. what can i do?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Jerry replied 8 years ago.

Hello and welcome to Just, Super mechanic here. About your vehicle.


You will want to replace the ignition lock cylinder. Here are the instructions for one that will not turn.






  1. Steering column from vehicle.
  2. Drill the back of the lock cylinder housing assembly using a 9/32in drill as shown in illustration.
  3. If necessary, insert tool J 41253 into hole to engage lock retainer spring.
  4. Twist tool to remove retainer spring.
  5. Hold Steering column vertical and tap on housing assembly to dislodge lock retainer and clear metal shavings.
  6. If necessary use needle nose pliers to remove retainer from housing assembly.
  7. Clean all debris and metal shavings from drilled hole and inside housing assembly.


  1. Code new lock cylinder.
  2. New lock cylinder into steering column.
    • Install key into lock cylinder.
    • Ensure key is in run position.
    • Line up locking tab with slot in housing assembly and push into position.
  1. Steering column to vehicle.


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