Ignition switch in 2001 Malibu


Trevor86TA
11-24-2006, 12:24 PM
How hard is it to change the ignition (tumbler) switch in an 01 Malibu. My key won't turn at all.

Thanks.

eflynn1959
11-25-2006, 07:33 AM
It's not to bad. I replaced mine the hardest part was disconnecting the gear shift cable in the console only way if you can't turn key at all in switch. I bought my switch used so the computer will have to read the new module in the switch turning key on an off three times then let key on for a couple of minutes till thief device goes off

Trevor86TA
11-25-2006, 01:48 PM
It's not to bad. I replaced mine the hardest part was disconnecting the gear shift cable in the console only way if you can't turn key at all in switch. I bought my switch used so the computer will have to read the new module in the switch turning key on an off three times then let key on for a couple of minutes till thief device goes off

Any tips or advice or things I should have on hand before starting this?

Thanks.

twistedtech
11-25-2006, 05:06 PM
On a Boo,I myself,would change both,mechanical & electrical.Not really a big deal to change but they are knowen for being junk,both halves.Just saying if your in there,well.I wouldn't listen to me,just ask my kid's.

6t6stang
12-21-2006, 11:02 PM
I am having the same problem. If I replace these parts, will I be able to use the original key(s) in the new ignition switch or will I have different keys for the door and the ignition switch after the replacement?
Thanks!

matt50317
04-16-2007, 05:37 PM
I have the same problem with my 01 as well. I put the key in and sometimes it takes me a few mins to get it to turn, but then she'll fire right up. Is it possable to get an ignition with door locks and trunks being with the same key? I'm not in a hurry to get this fixed since I'm the only one that can start my car.

2001M
04-16-2007, 06:22 PM
Quite a few people have already mentioned this same problem on this forum with this same year of model. Might not hurt if several people give chevy a call and see if they can fix this free of charge. I don't think its a coincidense

johnschmitt
04-17-2007, 01:53 AM
I had a similar problem for a while I believe. I had to hold the key just right and wiggle it a certain way while standing on one leg on an even day of the month to get it to turn. Nobody else could start it but me! And if they managed to get it I wouldn't be able to start it afterwards!

I got a new key cut from the car's VIN and haven't had a problem since.

You figure it's worn tumblers, a worn key, or both. The cheaper option might be worth a shot to start with.

In response to the matching locks, I don't see why a dealer couldn't key the ignition cylinder to the old key. The code they get form the VIN tells them how to cut the key, so you would think it would say which tumblers are in there. It might cost you of course.

j_wellman2005
05-03-2007, 01:08 PM
Sounds like I'm having the same problems as most of you are. I have to jiggle the key around until if finally lets me start the car. I haven't as of yet had a new key made from the dealership as I try and avoid them at all costs since my 2000 Malibu now has over 150,000 miles and they like to charge more than its worth. So having said that, is it possible to replace the ignition switch with basic flip switches and one high amperage momentary push switch? I've got a Haynes manual that I've used now for some time but it doesn't do a good job of breaking down the electrical system very thoroughly. I'm worried that there is some kind of antitheft system built into the ignition switch so that if I bypass it with my generic switches, the car isn't going to work. I'm trying to come up with low cost, not necessarily pretty, solutions to keep my "Bu" still driving. Anyone got any suggestions why this might not work or know where I can get more info to get started?

HyperFox
05-03-2007, 06:27 PM
so long as you leave the key in it and relocate the ignition switch.. or better yet, you could find a bypass kit from a remote starter kit to bypass passlock alltogether!

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