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Two things do this. First the key and lock set is worn out. Next would at the shifter, The cable is stretched or broken. If it is electrical, then the release in the handle is sticking or solenoid is bad. Most likely yours is electrical, Most times I clean them, lube the them with dry graphite and all is good. But you have to get the shifter out first. Remove the console.
There is currently an open recall on the 2006 Pontiac G5 that concerns the ignition switch - you should contact a GM dealer to see if your vehicle qualifies, if it does you can have it fixed at no charge
Ignition - Key Stuck In Ignition Switch/Won't Turn
Bulletin No.: 06-02-35-005
Date: February 28, 2006
Key Stuck in Ignition, Key Will Not Return to Off Position, Shifter Button Won't Release in Park Position (Adjust Shifter Detent Finger)
2002-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Customers may comment on any of the following conditions:
- The key is stuck in the ignition cylinder.
- They cannot return the key to the off position to remove the key.
- The shifter button won't release in the park position.
This condition may be caused by the detent finger shifting over time. This may result in mis-alignment and binding of the shift rod on the shift position guide.
WHERE YOUR SHIFTER IS YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE IT APART ..MAYBE THE RUBBER BOOT IS IT THE WAY,OR THE SHIFT LOCK SELINOID WHENT BAD
THE KEY WILL NOT TURN OFF COMPLETELY BECAUSE THE SHIFTER HAS TO BE IN THE PARKED POSITION TOTALLY. YOU HAVE HAVE SHIFT INTERLOCK CONTROL SOLENOID THAT HAS GONE ARRAY DUE TO FAILURE OR ELECTRICAL ISSUES. PROBABLY THE LATER.
There is a TSB on this issues if your having ignition lock issues.
Service Information 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt | Cobalt, G5 (VIN A) Service Manual | View All Bulletins | Document ID: 2325129 #09-02-35-005: Ignition Key Difficult to Remove, Ignition Key Binds or Sticks in Cylinder (Replace Ignition Cylinder) - (Aug 10, 2009)
Subject: Ignition Key Difficult to Remove, Ignition Key Binds or Sticks in Cylinder (Replace Ignition Cylinder)
Models: 2008-2009 Cadillac CTS (Built Prior to VIN Breakpoint 90163371)
2005-2009 Chevrolet Cobalt (Built Prior to April 14, 2009)
2006-2009 Chevrolet HHR (Built Prior to April 14, 2009)
2007-2009 Chevrolet Equinox (Built Prior to July 2008)
2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuit (Canada Only)
2006-2009 Pontiac Solstice (Built Prior to April 14, 2009)
2007-2009 Pontiac G5 (Built Prior to April 14, 2009), Torrent (Built Prior to July 2008)
Attention: This bulletin only applies to vehicle equipped with automatic transmission.
the shifter lever has a plastic shaft. at the bottom of the shaft there is a metal pin that is pressed through it that presses against a switch that will then activate the solinoid which allows key to be able to come out of the cylinder. the problem is the plastic shaft cracks and pin loosens, so switch will not be pressed by the pin. GM only sells the whole shifter assembly. takes some mechanical ability to change this shifter mechanism. good luck