Question about 2001 Pontiac Aztek
Got home from a trip and parked the car and attempted to get my car key out of the ignition. I found it was locked and unable to be retrieved. It would not go all the way towards me and thus placed a strain on the battery and now I have car keys stuck in the ignition AND a dead battery! Help? I have tried ramming the automatic shift up and down several times to see if I could get it to disengage the ignition switch. Didn't work though.
I had this problem. To get your key out a pencil or thin bolt 2-3" long is needed. Look under the steering wheel and you will see a hole (not a screw hole). Press up with the pencil and you will depress a lever and you can turn and remove your key. You can keep doing this forever, if you like, but the problem is the neutral Park switch which is located under the console where the shifter is. When you get the cover off, which takes a little patience, you will see a switch up towards the top near the Park position. There is a broken or shorted wire that connects to that switch. I think in mine and maybe yours the wire was installed in a bad spot and got pinched, eventually it breaks or wears thru. How it works is when you put it in park it touches thaat switch which turn on a tiny sloenoid in your key mechanism which depress that lever you pushed with you pencil, and you can then turn off the car and remove your key! Fix the broken wire and you are back in business.
Posted on Oct 19, 2008
Hi guys i have that probleme and my garage told me that it a liltle motor that press a spring that make the key release but if u have it now and dont want to spend 100$ of dollars take a pencil or a long screwjiver and under the colum you will see there are 3 holes and it the one on the right ( if u put a screwgiver in it you will feel a spring ( once u feel it press it and take out your key :)
it a drag but tell yourself it better than 800$ for a new colum or 200$ for the part witch gm barely have beside nova scotia and the states ;)
Posted on Mar 25, 2009
Got home from a trip and parked the car and attempted to get my car key out of the ignition. I found it was locked and unable to be retrieved. It would not go all the way towards me and thus placed a strain on the battery and now I have car keys stuck in the ignition AND a dead battery! Help? I have tried ramming the automatic shift up and down several times to see if I could get it to disengage the ignition switch.
Posted on Mar 21, 2010
I have just found out a solution to your problem. The lock mechanism is an anti-theft response. In order to remove your key, you must slightly turn your steering wheel back and forth while turning your key to the "lock" position, which will allow you to remove your key. For further information, see you car instructions manual. Hope this helps. Cheers :)
Posted on Jan 18, 2011
If you can't find the solution in the first helper try open your cars steering cloum & hit the little button behind the key whole. it should be gold/silver, once pressed your key will turn back toward you & your good to go.
Posted on Feb 08, 2009
Our fule gauge in our beloved Aztek can read as full or empty. Never in between. odometer never work olsa no digital light. noting show up how mach KM.
Posted on Dec 27, 2008
I have a tom tom GPS that wont turn on,it worked 2 days ago and wont work now.Can you help me
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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