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Key stuck in ignition

My shifter button sticks on my 06 chevrolet hhr and makes it so the key wont come out of the ignition. How do I fix this?

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There is a recall for this. I had it happen twice to my HHR. Contact your dealer for recall info.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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My key is stuck in the ignition in the on position and I cant turn my 2009 hhr off. How can I get my key to turn and come out?


FIRST make sure that your shifter is all the way up into the PARK position. Then make sure that the button on the shifter is not sticking. This button operates a switch that energizes a solenoid to keep the key from returning all the way back to the OFF position. If the button is stuck in, sometimes it can be released by tapping on the shift lever. This is a VERY COMMON problem.

Below is a link to a video that explains what I am talking about here.

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My key wont turn to off in order to remove my key from ignition while in parking


Ignition - Key Stuck In Ignition Switch/Won't Turn Bulletin No.: 06-02-35-005 Date: February 28, 2006 TECHNICAL Subject: Key Stuck in Ignition, Key Will Not Return to Off Position, Shifter Button Won't Release in Park Position (Adjust Shifter Detent Finger) Models: 2002-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Condition 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. Cause 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

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IGNITION WONT TURN ON 2007 CHEVY HHR,HOWEVER THE KEY ISNT STUCK.


sound like your steering wheel lock is engaged.... just give the wheel a hard tug when your turning the key... and what did you mean by "the key isnt stuck"?

Apr 29, 2010 | 2007 Chevrolet HHR Special Edition

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We have a 2006 hhr. This is the second time we


GM has come out with a recall for the steering motor for the HHR, Cobalt and a few other cars that use the steering system. I agree it's junk. I am a GM technician and see too many of these come in for repair.
The key is also a problem area. The ignition cylinder binds, The shifter can cause the key to stick in the ignition, etc.
The turn signal is not a common.
Gm customer assistance can help you.

Mar 18, 2010 | 2006 Chevrolet HHR

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My 2006 HHR ignition switch would not allow key to move out of "run" position. Lock cylinder came apart. No cylinders available in country. Why?


shifter pin is broken that is why the switch will not come out of run. the shifter assembly needs to be replaced to fix the key not turning back.

Sep 26, 2009 | 2006 Chevrolet HHR

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Key stuck in ignition


This is a VERY common problem and there is a campaign though I am not sure it ever made it to full recall. The ultimate answer is to have the ignition switch replaced. In the meantime, you'll need to be able to get that key out. On the bottom side of the steering column there is a one inch square rubber plug that you pry out. You can then use your pointer finger to push the switch in. This will release the lock and let you turn your key to the off position and remove. You may want to leave this plug out as you'll be doing this a lot until it is repaired.

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2007 HHR gear shifter button engaged and stuck in park


I had the same problem and once I wiggled the shifter enough to get it out of park then the key stuck in the ignition started.

Mar 03, 2009 | 2006 Chevrolet HHR

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Key stuck in igntion 2005 five 4 cylinder


The key being stuck in the ignition is because the cars gears wont go into park all the way.. The shifter is the problem with this. You need to take it to a mechanic so they can take your actual shifter apart and fix the little button you press on the actual shifter. Sounds dumb, but thats what they did for me, and the key comes right out. Also, if you dont get it fixed soon, you will have some horrible times ahead of you .. See : Battery dying and Power steering Issues

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2006 Chevy HHR


start with the shifter. a common problem is the shifter is not making connection with the switch to tell the car its in park. jar ( hit) the shifter some and see if this doesnt let the key release. if this doesnt work then on plastic covering under the ignition switch is a small opening with a plastic cover. Remove the cover, feel with your finger until you find the release button for the key. The key will then come out.

Jul 04, 2008 | 2006 Chevrolet HHR

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