Ignition Cylinder on 1998 Pontiac Grand Am

I been driving my car for over a year now, and I notcied how my ignition keeps locking up on me more than ever now. I am able to turn the car off, just not all the way to remove the key, plus i have to keep moving the steering wheel to remove it (my method). Now I notice the key becomes very warm/hot after a certain amount of time, and to me I know thats not normal. Also I had a few occassions where I would start up the car, and it sounds like the motor is running constant even when I take out the key, and very loudly as well, and the only way I can fix that problem is by turning the key forward, is all this have to do with the ignition cylinder? and how much am I looking at to get this fixed?

by in Syracuse, NY on May 25, 2009
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ANSWER by on May 25, 2009
The tumblers within the ignition lock must be failing. It is necessary to replace the ignition switch. The ignition switch is around $100 and will take about 1.2 hour to replace. If the ignition switch is allowed to keep the starter engaged after the engine has started the starter and ring gear will be damaged. You are right in assuming both the difficulty in removing the key from the ignition and the starter motor staying engaged are related to the ignition switch malfunction.
COMMENT by on May 27, 2009
Thanks for your answer Mr. Pat, I appreciate the info.
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