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Chevy Cobalt: key stuck in ignition

I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt LS coupe. Just today the key got stuck in the ignition and wouldnt come out until we pressed a button inside the steering wheel and it came out. But now everytime i turn on the car the key gets stuck again. Whats the problem? Is it the ignition switch or the shifter?

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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.

Posted on Sep 11, 2010

  • eddiepotts Mar 08, 2011

    Unerneath the key ignition is a door, open it, look for a white button or white lever. Push it and key will come out.

  • Full Name May 15, 2013

    not on a manual vehicle

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I agree with Eddie Potts post above...

"Underneath the key ignition is a door, open it, look for a white button or white lever. Push it and key will come out."

But yet... On my wife\'s 06 Chevy Cobalt, there is a little plastic cover under the steering column. Pop off the little round cover, and feel around up inside. Towards the left side, there will be a little button. Press it, turn the key backwards, and BINGO!!! the key will pop right out, no problems at all, and all the electronics, lights, radio, etc... will go out as well.

It\'s some sort of GM safety release or whatever, so you can get the key out. It works and doesn\'t ruin anything or cause damage to anything.
My wife has been doing this method (feel up inside, press the button, pop the key out) for about a 1 year or more!


Posted on Jan 13, 2013

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    ammonc May 15, 2013

    My wife's Cobalt has the same problem. We found out that there is a little round plastic cover underneath the steering column.
    1) Pop off the cover with a screwdriver.
    2) Carefully reach up inside with your left thumb. You have to "feel" for it...
    3) There will be a small square push button up in there.
    4) Press it, and VOILA!!! The key magically pops out with no damage, no problems, no issues.
    5) Best of all... My wife's car just passed VA State Inspection with it like that and they never said a thing!

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For me, this problem was covered by my chevy dealership since it involves a recalled part. Apparently we aren't alone :) thank god

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

  • fucobalk Dec 28, 2010

    I am experiencing the same issue on my 2007 Cobalt. I called the Chevy hotline to see if the repair would be covered under my warranty and they said it wouldn't be, not even under the powertrain. My car only has 50,058 miles. I called the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and filed a complaint. If enough people report their issue, GM may be forced to recall or otherwise help cover the cost. This is a safety concern because I cannot just leave my car keys in my car when I go out or overnight. I encourage everyone to call and file their complaint - 1-888-327-4236

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Had this problem with our 2006 Colbalt LS and it is the shifter. Key would not come out. Will have to replace the shifter. That's going to be a bill unless you have a powertrain warranty. Was over $600.-00 at the Chevy dealership we have to use.

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

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  • gamelarideou Jul 29, 2011

    Oh I have the Platinum warranty but it ain't covered. 700 bucks for me since it fried my battery. All my calls have been ignored.

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    mustangmoon Mar 22, 2013

    THERE IS A RECALL ON THE IGNITIONS WELL ON MY 08 ANYWAYS TRY THIS GM#12089

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    mustangmoon Mar 22, 2013

    THEY ALSO HAD TO REPLACE SOME SORT OF LINKAGE IN THE CONSOL SHIFTER I GOT WARRENTY FOR THAT BUT STILL 100 BUCK DEDUCTABLE,,,AND JUST SO YOU NO IN THE FUTURE IF YOUR BATTERY IS DEAD(COMPLETLY) AND YOU INSERT THE KEY THE KEY WILL NOT COME OUT AS YOU NEED POWER TO REMOVE KEY BOOST IT AND THE KEY SHOULD POP OUT

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Sounds like possibly the shifter

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I have a 2010 chevy cobalt ls, manual trans. The key became stuck in my ignition during an extensive trip. It is a safety concern considering that we had to pump gas with the car running. By the time we parked the car at our home, I had to stall it & pull the battery to shut it off; which put the vehicle in a safety lockout. After paying for a tow truck, a diagnosis price ($150) to have chevy help with the bill, I am told the full price is going to be out of pocket & repair will cost $610, not including the tow/the diagnosis fee. Feeling so frustrated.

Posted on May 15, 2013

  • scott jewell Aug 29, 2013

    After the ordeal with my 05 Cobalt....I am a satisfied Altima Owner.

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