Tried wiggling it, made sure it was in park. Still can't get key out. Seems stuck in "off" position--straight up and down. it'll turn on o.k., but won't go all way back to "lock" position. Key will not come out. Also shift panel light-- p r n d-- and oil light staying on when key in "off" position.
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If you can turn key, start it up. Shift into gear, back into park, wheels straight ahead. turn key off. See if you can get it out then by wiggling key. If your wheels are locked at an angle, it might have something to do with it. Try pulling wheel away from lock position. Other than that, a little spray of lubricant into lock cyliinder might help. Give it a few minutes to soak in. I'm not sure if a locksmith could help, but worth a call to ask them. If you can put key in run position, I think you would be able to remove lock cylinder. You have to pull the steering column covers off to remove cylinder. There is a procedure, pretty easy. Good luck.
Ignition - Key Stuck In Ignition Switch/Won't Turn
Bulletin No.: 06-02-35-005
Date: February 28, 2006
Key Stuck in Ignition, Key Will Not Return to Off Position, Shifter Button Won't Release in Park Position (Adjust Shifter Detent Finger)
2002-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Customers may comment on any of the following conditions:
- The key is stuck in the ignition cylinder.
- They cannot return the key to the off position to remove the key.
- The shifter button won't release in the park position.
This condition may be caused by the detent finger shifting over time. This may result in mis-alignment and binding of the shift rod on the shift position guide.
WHERE YOUR SHIFTER IS YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE IT APART ..MAYBE THE RUBBER BOOT IS IT THE WAY,OR THE SHIFT LOCK SELINOID WHENT BAD
Make sure it is in park ...Other than that you will have to change ignition.....You can try moving steering wheel back and forth while moving shifter toward park position...(Wiggle both at same time)
Sometimes this will help if slightly worn......Also never have a lot of keys on ignition key...This will cause the problem you are having because of excess weight pulling on the ignition at all times..
Make sure you have correct key in ignition first...............................Metalpoet
I am not sure what the cause is but mine started doing this the other day. My temporary solution is to wiggle the shifter while in the park position. You'll hear it clicking in the steering column. Between each wiggle back and forth try turning the key to the lock position. Sometimes mine take 3 or so tries, and sometimes 10 to 15. My car has also started to get stuck in the park position. I believe it is in direct relation to the ignition seizing up.
does your key stays in the ignition position? or can you turn it back to acc or lock? it might be a stuck ignition switch mechanism inside or a shorted circuit that latches the ignition...have it checked or you can try to open it the switch yourself..but with caution if this is your first time. Pls give me a feedback. thanks!
Replace the key cylinder while you can still wiggle the key out of the ignition. In order to change the ignition cylinder, you must be able to turn the key backwards to remove the old one. This will fail on you when it is most inconvenient. Good luck
i understand, unfortunately the switch teeth inside are bad therefore is not allowing the key to come out. you will have to replace it. Now there's one trick that will take the key out only. spray wd40 inside the ignition and with a pliers grab the end of the key and wiggle and yank, wiggle and yank, wiggle and yank. good luck and once again u will need a new switch assembly with key. just around 35 bucks. PS. MAKE SURE IT COMES WITH THE TUMBLER.
There a several recalls that deal with this problem, it seems that due to a defective part in the ignition interlock system at times the key not be removed from the ignition, it appears the issue is corrected by installing a new lock cylinder, to read the full text of recalls on this issue go to link listed below.