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Have a 08 Chevy cobalt and I put the key in the ignition and it won't turn

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Ignition lock could be bad. also try turning the steering wheel a bit to release the pressure and then try the key. if it dont work, could be the ignition lock

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sounds like your steering column lock is binding you need to slightly turn the steering one way or the other while turning the key at the same time. this happens if the steering wheel is turned after removing the key. or when parked against a curb. 

Posted on Aug 10, 2009

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Does anyone know what the recalled part is for the Chevy Cobalt that causes the key to get stuck in the ignition? I would greatly appreciate any help on this as I do not have $600 to get it fixed.

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put a drop of engine oil down the barrel and work the key up and down a couple of times

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SOURCE: Key won't turn in 2008 Chevy Cobalt. Tried moving

now what it sounds like is the key has a sensor built in it the keys cost around 60.00$ but this is most likely what is wrong. the sensor is a security feature with the car if the light glows while trying to turn the car then this your problem :)

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SOURCE: why wont the key come out of the ignition? 2006 chevy cobalt.

My cobalt turns over but doesnt start up and i dont know whats wrong with it to get it fixed.

Posted on Aug 14, 2010

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How can I get key out which is stuck in ignition of 2008 cobalt. It also won't start


This can happen if the battery is low / dead. To solve, connect a set of jumper cables between the battery in the Cobalt and a running car's battery. Shut off the running car. In the Cobalt, make sure all accessories (lights, radio, fan, etc.) are off. Step on the brake, then move the gear shifter fully into the PARK position. Next, either attempt to start the engine, or turn the key to the OFF position and remove it from the ignition.

I hope this helps & good luck!

Jan 03, 2013 | 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LS

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Chevy cobalt wont start has the security ligh on and check airbag lights. struggles to starts then dies


The security, antitheft, or passlock light is a visual indication that something in the car's antitheft system is failing. In most GM cars and trucks there is a hidden system that most people are unaware even exists. From the moment you put your key in the ignition, there begins a constant line of communication between your key's security chip or transponder, to the ignition's lock cylinder, and then to the car's TDM (Theft Deterrent Module). These 3 parts are in CONSTANT communication. If the key is in the ignition, then these parts are sending signals to each other. The security light illuminates when that signal gets broken, even just for a second. When the signal breaks, the car misinterperates this as an attempt at theft and goes into antitheft mode. The car thinks its being stolen or hotwired because it is not getting that signal from YOUR specific key. This is why the security light turns on and shuts down your vehicle.
This link may help you find ways to bypass this or fix it yourself.
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Oct 15, 2012 | 2008 Chevrolet Chevrolet Cobalt LT

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Won't start. Turn the ignition and nothing. The engine light comes on and the auto theft light comes on for a few moments and goes off. I tried the couple things suggested in the owners' manual...


if nothing happens when you turn the key the problem is most likely the ignition switch and housing(had mine replaced 3 times already. firstr time at 12,000 miles) what you can try is hit key with rubber mallet while trying to turn but this would only be to get it started so you can drive to a chevy dealer(dont waste your time at any old repair shop for this). Hope this helps.

Aug 11, 2011 | 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

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2007 chevy cobalt ls won't start battery good starter good turn key nothing no click nothing all lites work on dash and radio works jumped starter with screwdriver turns. Over but won't start...


Ignition relay or fuse could be the problem. When you turn the key to start do you hear a fuel pump kicking on and or do you have spark when you hot wire the starter (I know it's hard to check while trying to start it)? You can email me back and I might be able to pinpoint it more.

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Why wont the key come out of the ignition? 2006 Chevy Cobalt. Key stuck in ignition and car will not start.


My cobalt turns over but doesnt start up and i dont know whats wrong with it to get it fixed.

May 27, 2010 | 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

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Key won't turn in 2008 Chevy Cobalt. Tried moving


now what it sounds like is the key has a sensor built in it the keys cost around 60.00$ but this is most likely what is wrong. the sensor is a security feature with the car if the light glows while trying to turn the car then this your problem :)

Mar 23, 2010 | 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

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Faulty chevy cobalt ignition


put a drop of engine oil down the barrel and work the key up and down a couple of times

Jun 22, 2009 | 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

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Chevy Cobalt: key stuck in ignition


Does anyone know what the recalled part is for the Chevy Cobalt that causes the key to get stuck in the ignition? I would greatly appreciate any help on this as I do not have $600 to get it fixed.

May 28, 2009 | 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt

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