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Key stuck at ACC position

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  • laurelei May 13, 2009

    ourhowse - Thanks for your questions... Tried graphite in the ignition (put it on the key & worked it in and out), which didn't help, and my mechanic lubed the spring (inside the steering assembly I think), which helped some. Wiggling the steering wheel while turning the key is something I tried, but as I recall it didn't work with any kind of consistency.

    Molson0236 - Thanks for that suggestion; I'll check it out! I haven't heard that idea before so maybe you're on to something.

  • Dar
    Dar May 11, 2010

    Have you tryed spraying some wd-40 in there or anything? Does it make any difference if you wiggle the steering wheel while turning the key?

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Its not the ignition.....it's the BTSI control. Its an automatic transmission shift lock control. If you paying yourself, it costs 154.00. At least mine did.

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You may have the same problem the Chevy Cobalt had with it's shifter.
There is a pin the shifter that activates a micro switch and the pin will miss-align that the key's will not release. Ask the dealer if there is a micro switch like the cobalt in the shifter that may have gone bad. All you need to do is take the center console apart where the shifter is and line up the pin again.
Good luck and keep me posted.

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This is more of a work around then a solution. There is a little panel on th bottom of the steering column on my daughters Ion 2005, I think. I took that off, stick your finger straight up. You will feel a button, that is the manual override and will release the key. It presses toward the door. I took her steering column apart to find it.

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