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06 saturn ion has key stuck in ignition - Ion Saturn Cars & Trucks

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  • brad427 May 17, 2009

    Put my 06 Ion in park, went to turn the ignition off and remove the key, but could not. I disconnected the battery under the hood to stop the engine. I removed the steering column cowling, reconnected the battery. The key locking solenoid mechanism is functioning properly, so the problem is in the key cylinder housing. I suppose that that has to be replaced. It is the weekend and I will see what the dealer tells me on Monday. I ask myself, why the heck didn't I a dependable Japanese car to start with. No wonder our domestic auto makers are going down the s--t hole!

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Make sure it's in Park (if automatic). If so, or if it is a manual, turn the steering wheel (even if it's locked in) and the key will release.

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Call the reimbursement department so they can start a recall... 1800-204-0261 we have the same promblem and they wont do a recall unless they get more complaints!!

Posted on Mar 09, 2010

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Grab steering wheel and rock back an forth, hard !

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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SOURCE: my 06 saturn ion driver door is stuck...the lock

the latch assembly is jammed,your gonna have to go to dealer they know how to break it out so the door will open but your gonna need a new one,make sure they got it in stock before they break theold one out otherwise your door is not gonna close

Posted on Oct 14, 2009

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SOURCE: key stuck in ignition switch 2006 ION SATURN

either the lock cylinder came apart in the housing,which if it did you will need a new cylinder/key/housing and program the housing and build the lock cylinder(take to deal)or the ignition switch went bad (electrical part on end of lock cylinder) bith are common ion issue. i would take to the shop,they should have all those parts in stock

Posted on Oct 16, 2009

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SOURCE: 2006 Ion 2, Key is stuck in the ignition and wont move.

get a new ignition lock cylinder. they usually have simple instructions with them on how to replace

Posted on Mar 29, 2010

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SOURCE: 2006 Ion 2, Key is stuck in the ignition and wont move.

In my case, out in 29 palms california, I've noticed heat expands the bolt which probably does the same to the tumblers. It would only happen in the afternoons when the steering column was in direct sunlight while I was inside working for hours. Everything would be fine, then when I left and got to home or destination, the bolt would not return home to shut off the car. I saw a suggestion in another website that said if you remove a small access door below the wheel, there is a plunger you can hold and set it back to home, but hello, the bolt and tumblers at this point have expanded from the heat to a position not resettable but a simple plunger, or resetting the cars computer for an electronic release (the initial problem is the cable down there with the plunger does not always send the signal that "I am in park." It thinks its still in Drive, so it won't let it return home.

My suggestion is to get one of those canned air for electronics, flip it upside down and freeze down the bolt, tumblers, and all metal involved in the problem here (you can see most of it once you remove the upper and lower parts of the steering column) and let the metal retract, hopefully letting you move it back to home (careful, dont snap the key). Grease the key with a small amount of motor oil to help (which you should do from time to time anyways with this vehicle).

If you are stuck and can't do that, or afford repairs at this moment, behind the wheel, below the ignition (you will be reaching back mostly behind, and there is a small plastic clip with colored wires that snap into place). Remove this when you want the car to turn "off." Removing this cable and letting it just hang there until you come back later will remove all electrical potential that is normally removed when you turn the key all the way home. It's annoying, and looks like you are hotwiring your car, but its working for me right now until I can fix it. This, is of course, assuming you are like me and the bolt is stuck fully forward, one click back from Start).

Posted on Jul 09, 2010

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SOURCE: key stuck in 2005 saturn ion ignition

In my case, out in 29 palms california, I've noticed heat expands the bolt which probably does the same to the tumblers. It would only happen in the afternoons when the steering column was in direct sunlight while I was inside working for hours. Everything would be fine, then when I left and got to home or destination, the bolt would not return home to shut off the car. I saw a suggestion in another website that said if you remove a small access door below the wheel, there is a plunger you can hold and set it back to home, but hello, the bolt and tumblers at this point have expanded from the heat to a position not resettable but a simple plunger, or resetting the cars computer for an electronic release (the initial problem is the cable down there with the plunger does not always send the signal that "I am in park." It thinks its still in Drive, so it won't let it return home.

My suggestion is to get one of those canned air for electronics, flip it upside down and freeze down the bolt, tumblers, and all metal involved in the problem here (you can see most of it once you remove the upper and lower parts of the steering column) and let the metal retract, hopefully letting you move it back to home (careful, dont snap the key). Grease the key with a small amount of motor oil to help (which you should do from time to time anyways with this vehicle).

If you are stuck and can't do that, or afford repairs at this moment, behind the wheel, below the ignition (you will be reaching back mostly behind, and there is a small plastic clip with colored wires that snap into place). Remove this when you want the car to turn "off." Removing this cable and letting it just hang there until you come back later will remove all electrical potential that is normally removed when you turn the key all the way home. It's annoying, and looks like you are hotwiring your car, but its working for me right now until I can fix it. This, is of course, assuming you are like me and the bolt is stuck fully forward, one click back from Start).

Posted on Jul 09, 2010

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