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Ignition cylinder

Any suggestions on how to get a key to turn in the ignition?

make sure it is in firmly in park or neutral and Foot is on Brake

You might need to jiggle the steering wheel right to left if it is locked. Sometimes it’s harder to get it to break loose than others.

Early (second generation 1997) Malibus had the lock cylinder/ignition switch on the dash (by the radio)There was a cable used to inhibit shifter movement without turning key. These things always would have trouble turning, one good tap on the key (straight on) usually allowed them to turn and now you could drive it in the shop.

Working with these components was the number one reason I got involved with PassLock as certain PassLock components were replaced when you fixed the lock cylinder.