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 Emergency! Car starts without key, how do I fix this?! 
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Post Emergency! Car starts without key, how do I fix this?!
My ignition can be turned without the key even startin the car. This is a huge theft Hazzard. How can I fix this?!!

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Sounds like you need to replace the ignition key cylinder

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or put a ground kill switch in and hide it

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I actually allready put in a kill switch so good sugestion.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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Just like every old gm...you'd be suprised.

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6speedIROC wrote:
Just like every old American car...you'd be suprised.


Their, I fixed it for you.

I can say with absolute certainty that when I was a kid growing up, I was able to pull the key out and start the car at one time or another to the following vehicles:

1979 Malibu
1980 Plymouth Caravelle
1988 Plymouth Voyager
1980's Plymouth Volare (cant remember the exact year)
1988 Ford Taurus
1986 Mustang
1988 Mustang
1981 Camaro


Those above are cars I personally was able to pull the key out or not use it at all to turn the ignition and start the car without the key.

Some later years they incorporated a "pull to release" or "push to release" key feature to some columns but it wasnt fool proof.


So yea, you're not alone. When key cylinders get old and worn out, they tend to do this, especially when the old 60's-90's keys were so small and thin.

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