Question about 2007 Hummer H2 SUT
There are some solutions to these problems to get you out of a bind. It
is also pretty easy to fix the truck. Some can be done with no parts,
the other needs a special part that cost about $40 at the dealership.
For emergencies all you need is a Phillips screw driver. KEEP THIS TOOL IN YOUR TRUCK AT ALL TIMES. I suggest you buy a uni-tool and keep it in the truck.
It is also suggested to keep a small drill bit - 1/8 inch
Phillps screw driver (the same as used for emergencies)
An allan wrench set
Some tape or preferably some small **** splices and a crimper
Some 24 ga. Stranded wire
Problem - Can't get the key out of the ignition!
Here is the procedure:
KEY PROBLEM emergency extraction
For the key problem, you have two options. The first is to remove the bottom part of the steering wheel column cover. The second is to drill a small hole in the cover in a specific place (don't worry the hole is on the bottom and you cant see it). The steering wheel column cover is the gray-black thing that covers the steering column between the wheel and the dash. It tilts up and down with the steering wheel.
If you don't have the drill bit here is how to get the cover off:
Put the steering wheel tilt to the highest position.
Remove the steering wheel tilt knob by pulling it straight out.
Press the seam of the top and bottom plastic pieces of the cover inwards. You need to press hard enough to cause them to deflect enough to release the locking tabs that are on the inside which hold the halves together. Use this procedure on all sides, one at a time. They WILL come apart. If you can't get them apart this way then you can break the part but it will cost you about $100 to get replacement parts.
If you have a drill bit (preferred method):
Put the steering wheel to the full up position:
Look under the steering wheel on the right side and look for an oval blemish in the plastic. This blemish is the spot where a plug was put into the plastic mold resulting in an imperfect surface finish.
Use the drill bit to bore a hole into the exact dead center of the oval. You can be off center a bit but try to keep it close to center. Once the hole is drilled adjust the drill angle so that you can insert the drill it straight up (rather than perpendicular to the plastic which is a curved surface).
Once you have the hole drilled or you have the cover off:
There is a gold /silver button at the bottom of the steering wheel assembly that is either in direct line with the hole you drill or can be seen just behind and under the key. This button needs to be pushed up. Once pushed they key will come out.
If you have the drill hole you can use a tooth pick, paper clip or the drill bit to push the button. The nice thing is that the button is in direct line with the hole so you don't have to fish around very much. You can feel when you are pushing the button as it has about â½â€ of travel and has a weak spring trying to push back.
Now that the key is out, what next?
The problem will still exist next time you shut off the truck so keep the cover off or keep the drill bit handy.
Posted on Jul 15, 2009
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