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Key replacement for Pontiac Sunbird or Pontiac Sunfire

To get the key code for your Pontiac Sunbird or your Pontiac Sunfire, you will most likely need to remove the steering wheel and remove the ignition lock. The reason is because in most Pontiac vehicles the key code is stamped on the ignition lock, or this is where most of the key information is. For more information on your specific car, please continue reading below.

This key should work on the ignition lock, doors, trunk and glove box locks.

If for some reason you have two different keys for your Sunbird or Sunfire, such as one key to the ignition and one to the door locks, then from our experience most likely at some point in time the ignition lock had been changed. If this is the case, it will be more work and more difficult to get the two keys for your car.

How to get a key made for a Pontiac
If you are not making the key yourself and are using a locksmith company, the locksmith will need to disassemble the ignition lock and make a key for it. They will then also need to disassemble the door lock and make a key for that.
Here are the 2 basic tools and ways that we would use to get a key for your car:

The first way to try is by using the GM tryout key set. Usually the tryout master key is the first option and the easiest way to get the key information. It works by trying different keys from the master key set and when we find the right key, we just copy it. This usually works about 80% of the time.

The second way to try is by removing the steering wheel column. You will need the right tools for this when doing it yourself. This will not be an easy job to do and we do not recommend you do it yourself, unless you have no other option. The best way to do this is by using a locksmith company.
If you still want or need to do it yourself, here is the information you will need:
You will need the tool to remove the steering wheel. You can find this tool at any auto parts store, such as AutoZone, Pep Boys, or Checker Auto Parts. AutoZone is a great place to get this tool and instructions on how to do it. After you get the ignition out, you will either see the key code or the wafers to be able to get your key code information.

Where to buy a Pontiac key blank
(Our recommended websites)
Keylessride, Ebay, Amazon, Ace Hardware
or any locksmith store

Pontiac Sunbird key replacement
If your Pontiac Sunbird is in the years 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, or 1994, most chances are that the key code is stamped on the ignition. Your key cuts are the same for the ignition lock, door lock, and the trunk lock. If you can disassemble one of these locks and get it to a locksmith store, you get can get the key this way. You will also be able to read the key code from the ignition or read the wafers from the other locks.

If your Pontiac Sunfire is from the year 2005, most likely the key code is stamped on the lock ignition and you can get the key information that way. For a Pontiac Sunfire in the years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, there is no key code on the locks and you will have to read the lock wafers to get the key cut information. Either way, only the ignition has all the information for the key. This means you will not be able to make a key from the door, trunk, or glove box locks.

Key won’t turn in ignition
If your key will not turn in your ignition there are only two reasons why this is happening. Either your key is worn out or one of the wafers in the ignition is stuck. If your key is worn out, making a key copy will not help.

  • You will need to make a brand-new key with the key code.
  • If one of the ignition wafers is stuck, you will need to re-key the ignition.
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