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How to get a key out of the ignition in the starting position

All lights are blinmking and very low clicking nioise when turning ignition over , after a few tries the key got stuck in on the staring positin how do I get the key out and the truck to start

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Need to know the make and model of the vehicle. Some have an electric solenoid which has a safety release under the column to release the key.

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You can try resetting the pass code by turning the ignition switch to the on position (do not crank or start the engine). Leave the key in the on position for 10 minutes. Turn the key to the off position, wait 5 seconds and turn the key to the on position again and leave it on for 10 more minutes. Cycle the key to the off position again for 5 seconds the back on for a final 10 minutes. Once the final 10 minutes is complete, turn to the off position again, wait 5 seconds and now turn the ignition on and to the start position. The pass code has now been reset and it should start. If the reset does not work you will have to change the ignition key tumbler housing that contains the key code resistor.
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