Originally Posted by oldgringo
I'm living in Mexico and recently bought a 2000 chevy malibu.. i have been having a problem with the ignition key sticking while trying to start the car..I've read that this is a common problem with this car..a friend of mine here has told me to squirt the ignition key hole with WD40 PUT THE KEY IN AND THEN TAP THE END OF THE KEY GENTLY WITH A SCREW DRIVER..this will lubricate the tumblers inside and the key will start working...he said it might take a few times to get it working smoothly...my question is can the WD40 hurt any of the cars anti theft or electrical components?..also i have a grinding noise when i use the brakes..only at slow speeds..a mechanic that knows the car from the previous owner said it was coming from the abs system.does that make sense?
thanks for any help on these matters..oldgringo
key getting stuck problem ? if your key is getting stuck when you first put the key in with out turning it, ( put key in and pull it back out ) its a problem with the cut of your key wrong angle of cut , hitting the key with some thing will only bend the wafer inside the lock and cause drag or not slide at all, if any thing wipe a thin coat of lube on key and try to work it back and forth dont cram it, if its the key getting stuck when trying to turn it on or off, its the lock, the wafer cap that holds the springs down has came lose and is catching on the inside of the lock cylinder, will need to be repaired or replaced, hope that helps ( locksmith for over 18 years)