2001 Oldsmobile Alero.
My ignition key will go into the cylinder, but it will not turn for me to try to start it.
Any ideas of what i can do?

This sounds like the ignition cylinder is jammed and will need to be replaced. You could try to spray wd-40
and work the key in and out several times, then try to turn it. Or with key in ignition, try tapping on key with
small hammer while trying to turn key back and forth to free it up.

Play with it for a while, and it may free up enough to get it to start , but will still need to replace ignition
cylinder and then relearn the theft system. Dont be too gentle with the key in/out , turning, tapping,
usually will free up after awhile.
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Question: I have a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero. When I go to start my car it will turn on but not over. If I try to start the car with my foot on the gas it
will stay on as long as my foot is giving it some gas. Without gas it will not stay on. No lights on dash at all..please help.

Answer: If you press the gas pedal several times, will it then stay running by itself?

No it will not. If I slowly(like a snail) take my foot o ff the gas it will idle very badly and cut off when I switch gears.

Any work done recently?

Yes... camshaft sensor horrible oil change (oil guy put 2quarts extra in) radiator.

It sounds like there is a vacuum leak. That will car the car to not idle by itself.

But, this issue was happening before I got the cam changed thinking that would fix it. No leaks at all. I've had the car for four years and almost
fixed everything there is to fix on the car. Will a leak let the car run most of the time.. when it act up u have to drive with two feet.

A vacuum leak will cause a lean condition and it will not idle. That will be all the time.


Is this problem all the time or not?

No not all the time maybe every other week for most of the week. Then I have to drive with two feet.

This sounds like an electrical problem then. Possibly a bad MAF- Mass Airflow Sensor. But they normally will set a code in the computer. Has the
computer been scanned for codes?

Yes.. No codes. I bought MAF sensor cleaner. Throttle body cleaner. Cleaned both. Car ran fine. Next day it happened again.. day or Two later
ran fine again.

Well, without seeing live computer sensor data when it is acting up, i can only guess. If no vacuum leak, MAF is fine, no codes, etc. I can guess
the PCM is having a problem.


PCM is the Powertrain Computer.

Like a brain box?


O no. Can there anything else that it can possibly be?

Can't tell without seeing computer data for myself when it is acting up.

Ok.. Thank you so much for all ur help. I will consider everything and go from there.