I have had this problem and it is a pretty easy fix.you will first need to remove your cupholder and all of the console pieces.there is a pin that runs under your gear selector column and it will most likely be your problem.just put it back in place and then try to take your key out.it should work.glad i could help dude
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You may have accidentally broke the controller. They are fragile. The newer cars like yours automatically set the alarm when the doors are locked from keychain remote, or locking manually. New remote, $50-100.
This can happen if the battery is low / dead. To solve, connect a set of jumper cables between the battery in the Cobalt and a running car's battery. Shut off the running car. In the Cobalt, make sure all accessories (lights, radio, fan, etc.) are off. Step on the brake, then move the gear shifter fully into the PARK position. Next, either attempt to start the engine, or turn the key to the OFF position and remove it from the ignition.
The battery needs a full charged to have the ignition keys pulled out. The other thing to that can cause the Ignition keys not to release.
In the Cobalt the problem is that there is a small bar in
the shifter that is supposed to hit a micro switch and that bar can
came out of place. It will not hitting that micro switch to allow the ignition to release the key when the car is in park. What
to do is tear the center council apart and pull the whole shift
mechanism out and reposition the bar and put it all back together. Yes it's a pain and time consuming Good
luck and hope this helps, and be careful not to damage the ignition
lock, you could damage the wires in the ignition lock for the anti
Place the transmission shifter in neutral and try starting the car. If the car starts that's a good thing.
The bad thing, there is a lock pin in the shifter that activates the micro switch to release the ignition key when it's turned to the off position.
It's a simple fix, take the center console a part so you can get to the pin to realign it to the micro switch. When you have it apart you'll see what i mean. Once you have it aligned, the key's will release from the ignition switch.
Good luck and hope this helps, and take note: make sure you have a set of tools to take the console a part if this happens again when your out of town.