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2006 Chevy Cobalt - key stuck in ignition;car has basically gone into shutdown mode. Any clue as to what this issue might be?

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  • Anonymous Oct 29, 2008

    Key stuck in ignition, won't turn completley to off position. I turned off lights, didn't think anything was left on. Car completely DEAD this morning.

  • Anonymous Nov 12, 2008

    Yes my key is stock in ignition also so I took my car to the dealer.

  • easter bunni Nov 20, 2008

    I have the same problem. My key will not come out of the ignition unless I push the button located under the steering column. However, that is not my only problem with this car my engine light is on and I'm getting bad gas mileage. If anyone can help me it would be greatly apppreciated. I'm ready to trade it in.

  • hevychevy Nov 21, 2008

    yes u retards to the gay guy that took his car to the dealer what did delear do or fix and how much

  • monicakaryn Dec 02, 2008

    Just this morning my key is also stuck. Do I really need to go to the dealer???I have no warranty left-38000 miles. Also, my car seems to be between 2 and 3 on the tachometer when I am driving. Is this normal??

  • lennerd1031 Apr 20, 2009

    key wont turn to off position sometimes....unable to remove key...shift out of park and back again until key will turn off and can remove

  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2009

    I tried to turn off my 2007 colbalt and the key will not out...i tried to look for the pin under the stering colum but it fell out!! I have know idea were it goes and im afraid ny battery is going to die before I get to the dealer!!

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Went thru this with the neighbor. At the 6:00 position under the column is a plastic panel. Remove it with small screwdriver. Using index finger , press on white plastic button. This releases switch and allows you to remove key. Replace plastic panel.

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Sometimes the ignition key can be jammed in the ignition by the steering wheel lock. If this is the case you can free the key and release the steering wheel lock by turning the steering wheel slightlly so as to release pressure on the lock. You can feel the direction with a little slack, the other direction will be hard up agaiinst the lock. With the pressure released from the steering wheel lock you will be able to turn and remove the key.

Posted on Oct 09, 2008

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Never buy another GM product there problem solved.No wonder people turned to *** cars.

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Beware not to have too many keys on your keychain as this places too much weight on the ignition switch and can cause problems with your key being stuck. Also, if you park on a slope (even a slight one), use your emergency brake before taking your foot off of the brake because this also puts pressure on the ignition pin and will cause your key to stick.

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I have had the same problem with my 2005 Cobalt. The key was stuck and the only way to remove it was to restart the car, put it in drive, and then put it back in park. I took it to the dealer, and they replaced the shifter. There are numerous complaints on this online. Could this be the next recall?

Posted on Jul 28, 2010

  • breezybby19 Feb 10, 2011

    when you took your car to the dealer was it under your warranty ? or did they make you pay for it?
    because im suppose to have bumper to bumper warranty but they told me that it is not covered ?

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After you press button to release(on the bottom the steering column), check the micro switch located at the shifter in most cases that's the problem

Posted on Dec 23, 2012

This is a running problem with the cobalt. It happened to me also. Under the steering collum there is a rubber boot. Take that boot off and put your finger straight up into the opening. There will be a small switch that you will have to move to the side to release your key.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

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