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Key can be taking in and out of ignition but will not release steering column.

Oh gosh, somebody help. im a woman and need to go to town and key not working. help....

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    cindy lewis Jan 19, 2013

    oh i thank you but i got a man now helping but all suggestions isnt helping, maybe if i cried?? ha ha..

  • cindy lewis
    cindy lewis Jan 19, 2013

    nothings happening yet?? geez..

  • cindy lewis
    cindy lewis Jan 19, 2013

    keys are i great shape, not had blazer but 3 months, new keys, first time this has happened.



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Try putting the key in and with the normal amount of pressure, try turning the key on (never force it) and while doing this with an even light forward pressure on the key, try turning your steering wheel hard to the left and right.
Most common problem I hear about.
The steering wheel lock is tightly wedged against the locking tab.
Play with this idea and remember not to use force.
Let me know what happens.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013

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    cindy lewis Jan 19, 2013

    no change yet.

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    cindy lewis Jan 21, 2013

    got steering wheel puller but it aint happened yet just frustrating so far and weather getting so cold tonight, wish we was rich, would be in a shop. ha. thanks so much..!!!!!!!!!!1


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With the key in turn it to start then move the steering wheel up and down

Posted on Jan 19, 2013

  • cindy lewis
    cindy lewis Jan 19, 2013

    done that, nothing yet.

  • cindy lewis
    cindy lewis Jan 21, 2013

    nothing yet, got tools etc, just very frustrating. yikes!!!!!!!Thanks so much..



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No it is actually pretty simple
1) Disconnect battery
2)Remove shroud (cover behind steering wheel)
3)insert key and turn to start position while holding it in start position there will be a small hole in top of where the ignition goes into the column an depress retainer pin and pull out igntion

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SOURCE: 2005 Chevy Blazer - Key gets stuck in ignition

so, there are two main areas for problems, the lock cylinder itself, and the rest of the system. This involves a rod, sometimes tilt column, and a switch.
Typically, the issue is a lock issue, to tell, where, does turning the key feel like it is jambed, or does it feel that the lock can turn , but something else is jambed?

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