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Ignition key is stuck in the ingnition

I left my key in the ignition with the ignition half way on over night, now I can't get the ignition to turn and my key is stuck in there

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  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    I have the same problem about my ignition key is stuck in the ignition and I can not get it out when the car is stopped.

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I had the same problem. The solution is to first remove the key by removing the hole cover on the bottom of the steering column and depressing the plunger. The owner's manual tells you how. If you don't remove the key, the battery will go dead, and you will have trouble opening the rear hatch, where the battery is. You can jump start from the front. It tells you how in the manual. Then take your car to the dealer for replacement of the automatic shifter. The problem is caused by a defect in the shifter made by delphi (I Think). A pin that that goes through the shift rod becomes loose and slides to one side so it does not engage a micro switch that releases the key. GM has know about this problem for some time. I hope you are still under warranty, otherwise it will cost you $475. There is another post on the internet that gives a do-it-yourself fix.

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    Irene Fulk Nov 05, 2013

    Thank you for your post. I have been having a problem with the key jamming in the ignition for several years, have taken it into the dealer several times, and the problem has not been corrected. I have printed out this page with your comment and will take it in to the dealers one more time.

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Under the stiring column theres a plastik dill that u take off inside u push a pin and it undos the key.

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Hold your foot on the break while pulling the steering wheel left and right then try to pull it out of park like put it into drive then back to park all with your foot on the break if you can get it to start still do all of this then your key should come out.. If you need me to give you a clearer answer or you have questions feel free to ask im on every hr and will be glad to help also if you get a chance if you can please rate me ..

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