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    hslomer
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    Default 2007 Vue (V6) Ignition Switch Problem

    I've been having a problem with my VUE ignition switch. I sometimes
    cannot turn the key or it will only turn part way. When I turn the
    ignition off it is sometimes difficult to remove the key. A local
    dealer suggested WD40. This worked for a while but the problem
    quickly returned. I tried the spare key with the same results. He
    claimed that this was a common problem with the 07 Vue.

    Does anyone have a solution or is replacing the ignition switch key
    assembly the only fix? If so, is this an expensive repair?

    Howard

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    Steve
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    Default 2007 Vue (V6) Ignition Switch Problem

    Go buy a tube of graphite based lock lube. The WD-40 did a great job of
    cleaning out the gunk, but it also cleaned out any lubricant (WD-40 is a
    short lifetime lube).

    Steve

    <hslomer@..........> wrote in message
    news:05e884d1-9aef-46ba-9f68-87da0a692313@r9g2000vbk..............com...
    > I've been having a problem with my VUE ignition switch. I sometimes
    > cannot turn the key or it will only turn part way. When I turn the
    > ignition off it is sometimes difficult to remove the key. A local
    > dealer suggested WD40. This worked for a while but the problem
    > quickly returned. I tried the spare key with the same results. He
    > claimed that this was a common problem with the 07 Vue.
    >
    > Does anyone have a solution or is replacing the ignition switch key
    > assembly the only fix? If so, is this an expensive repair?
    >
    > Howard
    >
    >

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    Oppie
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    Default 2007 Vue (V6) Ignition Switch Problem

    <hslomer@..........> wrote in message
    news:05e884d1-9aef-46ba-9f68-87da0a692313@r9g2000vbk..............com...
    > I've been having a problem with my VUE ignition switch. I sometimes
    > cannot turn the key or it will only turn part way. When I turn the
    > ignition off it is sometimes difficult to remove the key. A local
    > dealer suggested WD40. This worked for a while but the problem
    > quickly returned. I tried the spare key with the same results. He
    > claimed that this was a common problem with the 07 Vue.
    >
    > Does anyone have a solution or is replacing the ignition switch key
    > assembly the only fix? If so, is this an expensive repair?
    >
    > Howard


    I generally find WD-40 useless. As a penetrating fluid, others are far
    better (I use Kroil from KanoLabs.com). For lubicants, WD-40 leaves little
    or nothing of a film behind. After a day or so, there is no lubrication
    left.

    Graphite lube is the traditional fix but it tends to be very messy. If you
    do use it, do so sparingly. A better choice is some of the 'dry film'
    lubricants that leave a dry film of Teflon after the solvent vehicle
    evaporates. Again, use this sparingly but it won't leave a mess like
    graphite. Sometimes you can get away with putting a light film of grease on
    your key and inserting it into the lock a few times. All depends where in
    the lock it is sticking.

    Don't ignore if this is an automatic transmission, there is a cable from the
    shifter to the key lock. The key can only be removed in Park. The cable
    might be binding or need some adjustment.

    Oppie
    <2001 lw300>

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    hslomer
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    Default 2007 Vue (V6) Ignition Switch Problem

    On Jun 6, 3:24.pm, "Oppie" <Op...@127.0.0.1> wrote:
    > <hslo...@..........> wrote in message
    >
    > news:05e884d1-9aef-46ba-9f68-87da0a692313@r9g2000vbk..............com...
    >
    > > I've been having a problem with my VUE ignition switch. .I sometimes
    > > cannot turn the key or it will only turn part way. . When I turn the
    > > ignition off it is sometimes difficult to remove the key. .A local
    > > dealer suggested WD40. .This worked for a while but the problem
    > > quickly returned. .I tried the spare key with the same results. .He
    > > claimed that this was a common problem with the 07 Vue.

    >
    > > Does anyone have a solution or is replacing the ignition switch key
    > > assembly the only fix? .If so, is this an expensive repair?

    >
    > > Howard

    >
    > I generally find WD-40 useless. As a penetrating fluid, others are far
    > better (I use Kroil from KanoLabs.com). For lubicants, WD-40 leaves little
    > or nothing of a film behind. After a day or so, there is no lubrication
    > left.
    >
    > Graphite lube is the traditional fix but it tends to be very messy. If you
    > do use it, do so sparingly. A better choice is some of the 'dry film'
    > lubricants that leave a dry film of Teflon after the solvent vehicle
    > evaporates. Again, use this sparingly but it won't leave a mess like
    > graphite. Sometimes you can get away with putting a light film of grease on
    > your key and inserting it into the lock a few times. All depends where in
    > the lock it is sticking.
    >
    > Don't ignore if this is an automatic transmission, there is a cable from the
    > shifter to the key lock. The key can only be removed in Park. The cable
    > might be binding or need some adjustment.
    >
    > Oppie
    > <2001 lw300>


    Thanks for your responses!

    Removing the key has not been a problem so far. It simply will not
    turn once I insert it. It almost feels like I inserted the wrong
    key. Sometimes it turns to the ACC position and binds again.

    I tried some Teflon spray lube and I will let everyone know how it
    works out.

    I don't want to take it in for service since the local Chevy dealer
    has been designated at the "Official" Saturn replacement dealer in
    this area. My worst nightmare since I bought my Saturn was that
    Saturn would go out of business and that I would have to take my car
    to a Chevy dealer for service! My father and brother have bought
    nothing buy Chevy cars and both have had nothing but trouble from
    their service folks.

    Howard

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    IYM
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    Default 2007 Vue (V6) Ignition Switch Problem

    Oppie wrote:
    > <hslomer@..........> wrote in message
    > news:05e884d1-9aef-46ba-9f68-87da0a692313@r9g2000vbk..............com...
    >> I've been having a problem with my VUE ignition switch. I sometimes
    >> cannot turn the key or it will only turn part way. When I turn the
    >> ignition off it is sometimes difficult to remove the key. A local
    >> dealer suggested WD40. This worked for a while but the problem
    >> quickly returned. I tried the spare key with the same results. He
    >> claimed that this was a common problem with the 07 Vue.
    >>
    >> Does anyone have a solution or is replacing the ignition switch key
    >> assembly the only fix? If so, is this an expensive repair?
    >>
    >> Howard

    >
    > I generally find WD-40 useless. As a penetrating fluid, others are far
    > better (I use Kroil from KanoLabs.com). For lubicants, WD-40 leaves
    > little or nothing of a film behind. After a day or so, there is no
    > lubrication left.


    That's because WD-40 is not a lube...It's a Water Displacement formula
    (hence the WD). It's primarily meant to displace moisture build up and
    works great if you ever drive your car through water too deep or
    something....Spray it on Spark Plugs, Wires, etc...Used to spray it in
    the Distributer Cap (when they used them) when water got in there..

    BUT it does work as a side benefit to loosen up stuck things for a VERY
    short time. I second (or third) the Graphite lube solution below...

    >
    > Graphite lube is the traditional fix but it tends to be very messy. If
    > you do use it, do so sparingly. A better choice is some of the 'dry
    > film' lubricants that leave a dry film of Teflon after the solvent
    > vehicle evaporates. Again, use this sparingly but it won't leave a mess
    > like graphite. Sometimes you can get away with putting a light film of
    > grease on your key and inserting it into the lock a few times. All
    > depends where in the lock it is sticking.
    >
    > Don't ignore if this is an automatic transmission, there is a cable from
    > the shifter to the key lock. The key can only be removed in Park. The
    > cable might be binding or need some adjustment.
    >
    > Oppie
    > <2001 lw300>

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    Oppie
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    Default 2007 Vue (V6) Ignition Switch Problem

    <hslomer@..........> wrote in message
    news:817afb55-f0bf-436e-afe7-8a8be55f25bc@q23g2000vba..............com...
    > On Jun 6, 3:24 pm, "Oppie" <Op...@127.0.0.1> wrote:
    >> <hslo...@..........> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:05e884d1-9aef-46ba-9f68-87da0a692313@r9g2000vbk..............com...
    >>
    >> > I've been having a problem with my VUE ignition switch. I sometimes
    >> > cannot turn the key or it will only turn part way. When I turn the
    >> > ignition off it is sometimes difficult to remove the key. A local
    >> > dealer suggested WD40. This worked for a while but the problem
    >> > quickly returned. I tried the spare key with the same results. He
    >> > claimed that this was a common problem with the 07 Vue.

    >>
    >> > Does anyone have a solution or is replacing the ignition switch key
    >> > assembly the only fix? If so, is this an expensive repair?

    >>
    >> > Howard

    >>
    >> I generally find WD-40 useless. As a penetrating fluid, others are far
    >> better (I use Kroil from KanoLabs.com). For lubicants, WD-40 leaves
    >> little
    >> or nothing of a film behind. After a day or so, there is no lubrication
    >> left.
    >>
    >> Graphite lube is the traditional fix but it tends to be very messy. If
    >> you
    >> do use it, do so sparingly. A better choice is some of the 'dry film'
    >> lubricants that leave a dry film of Teflon after the solvent vehicle
    >> evaporates. Again, use this sparingly but it won't leave a mess like
    >> graphite. Sometimes you can get away with putting a light film of grease
    >> on
    >> your key and inserting it into the lock a few times. All depends where in
    >> the lock it is sticking.
    >>
    >> Don't ignore if this is an automatic transmission, there is a cable from
    >> the
    >> shifter to the key lock. The key can only be removed in Park. The cable
    >> might be binding or need some adjustment.
    >>
    >> Oppie
    >> <2001 lw300>

    >
    > Thanks for your responses!
    >
    > Removing the key has not been a problem so far. It simply will not
    > turn once I insert it. It almost feels like I inserted the wrong
    > key. Sometimes it turns to the ACC position and binds again.
    >
    > I tried some Teflon spray lube and I will let everyone know how it
    > works out.
    >
    > I don't want to take it in for service since the local Chevy dealer
    > has been designated at the "Official" Saturn replacement dealer in
    > this area. My worst nightmare since I bought my Saturn was that
    > Saturn would go out of business and that I would have to take my car
    > to a Chevy dealer for service! My father and brother have bought
    > nothing buy Chevy cars and both have had nothing but trouble from
    > their service folks.
    >
    > Howard


    I forgot to mention the basic issue of the steering wheel being held against
    the lock pin.

    If the key is not turning properly and the steering wheel is in the locked
    position, turn the wheel slightly to get it off the lock pin and *then* try
    turning the key. Happens to me sometimes in the lw300.

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