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Rplacing the ignition switch

The key is stuck in the ignition and will not turn back all the way so I can remove it. I had to pop the hood and pull a dist. cap wire to shut the truck off. i ordered a new switch but need advice on how to replace it. My Haynes book shoews a different type of steering wheel. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you I have a 97 S10 Chevy truck and I cannot remove the key. It won't turn all the back and come out. If I jiggle the key for awhile, it sometimes comes out. The repair shop said it's something in my shifting gear that is keeping it locked in, which I think is total ....well you know. I think they just don't know how to fix it. They just replaced the ignition switch in Aug!! Can anyone help me from getting ripped off by the repair shop?

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  • daffimonkey Dec 01, 2008

    The Chevy S-10 pick up has got to be in the park position in order to remove the key. The problem is that the key is stuck in the acc position. The vehicle starts and turns off just fine, just can't remove the key from the ignition. After some jiggling of the key it will come out. So I do suspect something in the switch itself, maybe the plunger, or in the gear shift, maybe the solenoid, or lever is sticking??

  • daffimonkey Dec 01, 2008

    It's an automatic. I have already replaced the ignition switch. The problem now is that the key keeps getting stuck in the switch. After jiggling the key back and forth, etc. than it comes out, but in the meantime it's stuck in the acc mode.

  • jale12330 May 02, 2009

    I also cannot get the key out of my 1993 Chevy Suburban. I cannot get the truck to turn off. Have put it in neutral and still cannot get the key out or the truck turned off. I have not tried the distibutor cap yet - which wire would I pull?

    Or - if there are any other alternatives, a response would be greatly appreciated. Have been working with this for 2 hours and I am a mom with 2 young children that need to go to sleep.

    Thank you for your time and again - ANY help is appteciated!


  • meanlaw74 May 21, 2009

    key sticks,jiggling sometimes helps get it out, stuck in acc mode rite now.only difference from all the others i've read is mine is really hard to start also.

  • Joshua Davis May 11, 2010

    is it a auto or man tranny



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There is a safety switch that prevents the ignition from being turned off and removed while in gear. try putting in nuetral and removing the key. if it does then it is a problem with the shifter and not the ignition.

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