Ignition switch on Pontiac Grand Am

#1

I have a 1995 Grand Am and I believe the ignition switch is bad. I don’t have alot of money for a new one and so was looking into getting one at a junk yard. I’m having trouble finding one nearby so I was wondering if it could be interchangeable with the other car models listed on my Haynes book. Does anyone know?

#2

A new ignition switch (the part with the wires) is about $50. The salvage yard people have a catalog which lists all the models which have the same ignition switch. Just ask.
Instructions for changing a ignition switch: http://www.autozone.com/shopping/repairGuide.htm?pageId=0900c152800a9537

#3

The odds of getting a switch with a matching key from a junk yard are slim, in my opinion.

Make sure it’s the switch before you replace it.

#4

On these GMs and a lot of other makes, the ignition switch assembly is separate from the key cylinder. You can replace the switch and keep the key cylinder.

#5

You’re right, Busted Knuckles. That’s why I said, “…the part with the wires.” And, the link leads to instructions and a picture. NO new key needed, when just replacing the ignition switch, ferball…

#6

Hey. Calm down. I was replying to mcparadise. Wow, thin skin. Is there a rash of tender feelings around here?

#7

And, I was replying to the OP to clarify that the ignition switch has more than one part (it has two; the lock cylinder, and the switch (the part with the wires attached)).

#8

Thanks for the replies. I’m wondering if anyone can help me figure out if it’s the ignition switch or not. When it started acting up, I tried to start the car and nothing happened so I took the key out of the ignition, then the car tried to start without the key. I had to put the key back in and start the car to get it to stop. Later that night, it started with no problem. The next time I tried to start the car, it wouldn’t start. Sometimes I hear a click and sometimes I don’t and I had the starter replaced. I also tried jump starting it and that didn’t work so I doubt it’s the battery or alternator. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.