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Can't remove key from ignition 2001 gmc jimmy

Problem just started recently put truck in park turn off ignition but it will not "click"to lastdetent to allow key removal

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  • bobmarley121 Jan 06, 2009

    I have a 98 blazer and the key is in the vehicle and not coming out, it is not in a position where all of the componets like the radio and display are on, but the key will not come out and the gear shift will not move.

  • lindalbg56 Jan 15, 2009

    We have a 2001 Jimmy. we just purchased a new steering lock solenoid ...thesolenoid won't energize to remove the key. where does the power come from? or do you know where we can purchase a diagram?

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    I CANNOT REMOVE THE KEY FROM THE IGNITION AFTER PUTTING IT IN PARK

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    the ignition switch wont turn all the way to off position and allow removal of the key

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I dont know how much help this will be, but I'll offer it and let you be the judge.

Ive had this issue before in a different GM vehicle, a Pontiac Grand Prix. The issue turned out to be that the voltage from the battery was low due to corroded terminals. Once that was cleaned up and the voltage restored to normal, the key came out. Come to find out that this was a common issue in that vehicle, voltage goes low, you cant remove the key.

Now, on my vehicle and since yours is a GM product as well I will assume it will hold true for your vehicle too, there is a small hole on the bottom side of the column right in the area of where the ignition key cylinder is. If you have this, you can take a small tool like an allen wrench and push it up in there and that will press on a release mechanism that should allow you to turn the key back to its release position and pull the key out.

Hope this helps.

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Could be simple.

Make sure the gear selector is all the way in park....sometimes the linkage gets fouled up or bent and causes that.

Or your key teeth are wearing down.

Another solution may work if you spray a very short burst of WD-40 into the key hole, get a new key made from the old one and see if that does it?

Dont try to force it. USe the wiggle method (wiggle key up and down, not just in and out).

Of course your ingnition key switch could have a bad spring and worn out?

Good luck,

Thanks,

Mark

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I ran into the same problem ..... the fix was make sure selector was all the way in park. If it didn't lock in park (it showed in park but didn't lock) I couldn't take the key out but I could turn the vehicle all the way off.

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Try to turn the s/wheel in the direction of the front wheels and giggle the key.; sometimes the front wheels push against the steering wheel and bind the key lock mechanism. good luck

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