Question about 2004 Pontiac Aztek
Key doesnt release by itself, and transmission shifter will not dis-engage
It sounds like your interlock cable might be malfunctioning. There is a small cable that goes from the ignition switch to the shifter. It is what makes it to where you can not take the vehicle out of gear unless the key is on and the brake pedal depressed. It might not be letting the shifter go all of the way into park witch will not let the key come out of the ignition.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Key Stuck in ythe ingnition
There is a hole under the steering column right near the ignition switch, if the key gets stuck, stick a pen or something in the hole, you will feel the little lever move and you can remove the key.
Posted on Feb 07, 2009
SOURCE: 2004 pontiac aztek. The key
Sounds like it's not going all the way into park. The neutral safty switch is on top of the trans and the cable from the shifter connects to the lever right at the switch. Disconnect the cable at the trans ( you may have to remove the air cleaner plumbing to get to it if you do diconnecct the battery) as the key is not completly off. The radio has a code make sure you have it as disconnecting the battery for awhile it will need the code to turn it back on. with the cable disconnected see if the shifter On the collum or floor works smoothly. If the car has lost a good starter ( engine) ground it may be grounding though the shifter cable and now it's binding or worest. Make sure the car won't rool away and shift the trans with yur hand ( it should shift easy) if it has oil coming out of the trans or spilled oil on the neutral safty switch the switch can be binding or melted. with the trans in neutral or park ( again make sure the car is'nt going to take off) put the air claener back together and try to start the car. then try it again in nuetral. if it works at all and not in both positions remove the switch and replace it with a new one, if theirs an oil leak fix it too as the new switch won't last long with oil getting into it and with the switch off the seal is right there and it's easy to change ( put acouple of drywall screws into in and screw then in till the seal is out) the new seal pushes in with your fingers and can be locked down with a peice of pipe ove the shaft or carefully work around it with a 1/4 in socket extension. If the valve covers are leaking get them and put them on too. If it starts good with the cable disconnected them the cable is bad but you need to fix the reason the cable went bad as it'll just fail again. the body ground cables and the shifter cable will start the motor but the shifter cable can' tdo it very long before it fails. The battery cable were it connects to the block is bad and you need to take it off and claen it or even replace it. the heat of the motor will cause the cable to fail and then the power just finds the other way to run the starter and charge the battery as the altenator uses this path to charge the battery too. Their are fuses that are involved with the park and brake release cables to pu the car in park the brake light's have to work or the car can't be taken out of park or go back in. battery dead or the grond bad at the dash will also cause this rember you must put the brake on just to get out of park, ( and back too)
Posted on Sep 23, 2010
Have you tried Lock ease or some other Lock Cylinder Lubricant? Even motor Oil usually will work but you will have to wipe off the Key several times. I have a 2002 Aztek and lubricate all the locks annually. I have had your problem only once and Oil did the trick. The only other thing I can think of is the possibility of someone putting a foreign object into the Lock such as a small piece of wire or Paper Clip. It could also have a worn out lock cylinder where the tumbler springs have popped out due to lack of lubrication and wear. Let me know!
Posted on Nov 18, 2011
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