"No Start" Due to Ignition Switch Failure on Pontiac Grand Am

The ignition switch may fail causing a no start condition. This is not generally a theft system (passlock) issue because the security light does not illuminate or flash.

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Average mileage: 161,319 (60,000–218,000)
8 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
16 people reported this problem
10 people shared problem details
After the GM recall for my keys sometimes when I turn the key it just hums briefly Fuel Pump) and does nothing. Check engine light is on, headlights are bright, battery is ok, does not crank.
2002 Pontiac Grand Am187,000
Car will run, then kill usually after a few minutes. I have changed fuel pump , filter. Still seems to be a fuel issue. Was wondering if ignition switch could be going bad
2002 Pontiac Grand Am198,475
will not start. dealer did key recall and since then we have had intermittent problems starting the car.
2001 Pontiac Grand Am119,000
Turn the key does nothing in the start position. Usually takes about 5 minutes with messing with it to get it to start
car sometimes starts, but no its just ckicking
2005 Pontiac Grand Am209,306
Good car . This issue just happens.
Drove car to work everything fine, went out to start it & ignition was froze. No matter what I did it would not budge. Tried stepping on brake, turning steering wheel, etc. Called the Pontiac dealer & was told the actual switch was not in the recent recall. Spent $198 & luckily someone at work replaced it. If not I would have had to have the vehicle towed to dealer & paid extreme amount.
I'm thinking this might have something to due with my recall.
2000 Pontiac Grand Am132,000
switch will not start car.Has a 1 amp battery draw at all times
cranks but no start unless a little accelerator peddle applied
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