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Ignition switch won't turn back to off to allow key to be removed

I have a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix that I can't turn the ignition switch to the off position to remove the key.

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This is usually caused by the steering wheel. Try wiggling the steerung wheel while turning the key back to the "Lock" position.

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

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SOURCE: 1997 pontiac grand prix key won t turn ignition

well does the key go in does it turn to the start pos? if the dash dost power up its because the switch is bad if it will power up but not start it can be becuse of the resitor chip depends on what is going on if you cant get power its becuse of the switch

Posted on May 09, 2010

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I have a 2003 gran prix gt and my ignition will only turn half way back when i turn the key off. i have to wiggle it to get the key out. you can also start the car without the key in the ignition. what...


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1997 pontiac grand prix key won t turn ignition


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With the car off, step on the brake and shift from Park to Reverse, then back in to Park. You should hear a faint "click" as the interlock engages. If not, then your sensor (switch) may have failed.

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I have a 2000 Pontiac grand prix GT. Last night i shut off my car and the key would not come out of the ignition. Any thoughts on what I could do to get my key out of their.


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This situation is called "Torque Lock". The Solution is simply to Turn the Steering Wheel Slightly in the Opposite Direction to remove Pressure on the Steering Lock Pawl. Usually this occurs when turning off the Key while Pressure is Applied to the Steering Wheel from a slight "Roll-Back" or from the Power Steering being forced all the way to it's limit in one direction or the other. Always be sure that the Steering is allowed to relax prior to switching the Ignition Switch to the Locked Position. This is a very common problem most frequently experienced by women rather than men. Let me know if this helps!

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