Greetings all. I have a 1996 Cavalier, and lately I've been running into an
issue with my key. I can't turn my key in the ingition, or it takes me
almost 100 tries, which can be a tad embarrassing :)
Hwoever, my wife's key works fine. I went and got a copy made, and the copy still doesn't work. I thought maybe it was how I was putting the key in, but I've been driving this car now for 8 eyars with no trouble :D :lol:
Anyone else encounter this problem, or know what might be wrong?
Thanks in advance,
Maybe your key is more worn than the key your wife uses. Did you make a
copy of your key or your wife's?
There's also some build up that sticks to keys over time. Clean the key, There's some key hole lubricant...I think its a graphite powder or something you might locate and try.
Yup, made a copy of hers, figuring it would fix the problem ...
(I had originally made a copy of mine hoping it was just worn, but to no avail - I will try lubing it next)
This is long overdue of course, but there was a voluntary recall on
cavaliers including those of our year (96) for the ingition switch. If you
experienced problems with the key, you should be able to take the car to a
GM dealer and have them replace it, no charge. The issue was that even
though the key wasn't starting the car, it was have been making a
connection that was heating the wires. Multiple attempts to start the car
would cause the wires to heat up, and could potentially cause trouble.
I got a card in the mail from GM telling me to take it in for the free change (but I must admit I never did it, as I had no issues with mine).
Campaign for the recall is 02008 I think.
Don't use graphite, a shot of WD40 is good. It is obviously a problem with
your key if your wifes works good. Best bet is to take it to a good
locksmith, they can read the cuts on the key and code out a new one to
Make sure you take the good key with you.
Any time you make a copy from a copy from a copy etc.. they tend to get off from the original specs.