Periodicly, key will get stuck, so when it does that we reach beneath the column and press on something that releases the key. Currently, our check engine light came on, the car would not start. We tried again and it started and then after a day the check engine light came off. Are we having ignition problems or something more?
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Ignition Lock Cylinder Control Actuator
The vehicle it is equipped with a floor mounted console gear shifter, and has a ignition lock cylinder control actuator system in the steering column as an added safety feature. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator systems purpose is to prevent the steering wheel from being locked when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle may still be moving. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator system consists of the BCM, the lock cylinder relay, and the ignition lock cylinder control actuator. The ignition lock cylinder control actuator contains a pin that is spring loaded out to mechanically prevent the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the lock position when vehicle speed is above 5 mph for 15 seconds and the transmission is not in the Park position. If vehicle power is lost, and/or the transmission is not in the Park position the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column. For situations where the vehicle must be towed, the system can be overridden by pressing a release button that is reached through an access hole located on the under side of the steering column. First, remove the black plug covering the hole.
<p><span>This is very common problem and most vehicle holders usually face this. But most people don't decide what should be done in this condition? Here are some suggestions about the key stuck problems for them.</SPAN><br>
<p><span>Most often key stuck in the ignition and unable to lock the car where as the key is not broken. T</SPAN><span>his situation might be occurred due to problem in shifter mechanism which means that your shift interlock is out of order. Immediately go the repair shop and address the problem to the repairman. If you delay in solving this problem, your airbag will deploy which may be cause of serious injury.</SPAN><br>
<p><span>Sometime you try to move your key in the ignition and feel panic when it stuck in the ignition. You try again and again but couldn't get success to recognize what the matter is. In this condition first make your body relaxes! Take a long breath to relax your panic. Now move the steering left and right.</SPAN><span> If it doesn't move, this means that locking system in the steering wheel has been damaged. In this condition try to turn the steering wheel against the direction of the car's wheels again and again. Because your key stuck due to a pressure in steering column, when you do this, the pressure would be released and after a clicking sound your key will be released </SPAN><br>
<p><span>Sometime you enter the key in ignition and move it to start the engine. Engine starts but key stuck in ignition and it does not go inside for locking the car. </SPAN><span>One of the probable cause of this situation is misplacing of cable in the steering column. You can check the cable under the dashboard and place the cable carefully. If you don't know about cables of ignition, so take the expert help because you can join the wrong cable which may be cause of short circuit.</SPAN><br>
<p><span>The most common problem which we usually face is old and defective cars are: when we enter the key to start the car's engine, it makes effort to move the key again and again. It starts but after getting some effort this situation also occurs in switching off the engine. The cause of this problem is wire or button loosing. Wires and buttons are fitted in car's ignition and when enter the key; it does not reach at the place where it presses the button or connect the wires. This problem can only be solved with the expert help because the ignition has to be opened for solving this problem</SPAN><span>.</SPAN>
There is an insertion point at the bottom of the steering column beneath the ignition switch that a pencil can be inserted. Push the pencil (eraser side) into the hole and place your key back to the point where it normally releases.
Your Civic has immobilizer, which means it will not allow duplicate keys. There are high chance that your old keys are worn out and this could be the reason. Any ways i would suggest you how to remove the keys but involves bit technical work . The LHS dash board part can be unscrewed and removed fully using the car manual, once removed the key holder joints to 4 brace compartment and there is a button beneath it, you need to press the small red button to release the key. This is not a standard method of removal, if your car has security alarm make sure you turn it off.. please remember - this suggestion should be followed only if this is your car. I;m not responsible for the solution being incorrectly followed without following manual.
Hello, There are several Interlocks that can cause this problem. Check under the dash at the lever on the Brake,(clutch lever also if stickshift) for an electric switch. This switch frequently gets hit by feet and dislodged or broken.
There is another Interlock for the trigger on the Automatic equipped console shift which is linked to the Ignition switch. The rod or shift cables can be out of adjustment or worn.
There is a third interlock which is in the steering column and links the Ignition key with the switch I mentioned that is under the dash. The adjustment can be the Ignition switch housing (where it screws to the column) to shorten or lengthen the rod or cable.
Your Ignition switch has a core which is removeable with the key, and by releasing the pin that is beneath an access hole in the plastic column cover. The Key should be in ACC or Run position and the Battery should be disconnected. If the top of the Ignition switch has a big flare design, you may have to remove the column plastic cover to get clearance to pull the Ignition switch.
There are channels inside the Ignition switch and it is possible to install a lock cylinder 180 Degrees off, so make sure everything works before replacing the column cover. Temporarily reconnect the Battery and try starting the car. If everything works, remove the key cylinder, put on the column cover and then install the key core.
I hope you will not have to use every step I have included and find the problem with the first Solution.
Would appreciate knowing what you found as the problem.
2000 Dodge Intrepid is equipped with an alarm system that is triggered
when unauthorized entry is attempted. In some situations, such as having
the Intrepid valet parked or when it is being serviced by a mechanic,
the alarm system needs to be disarmed so it doesn't go off. Disarming
the alarm will prevent it from being activated until it is armed again. Difficulty: Moderate
Insert the key into the ignition.
Turn the ignition switch to "ON." Do not start the engine.
Press and hold the valet/override button within five seconds
of turning the ignition on. The valet button is located beneath the
Release the valet/override button after the security indicator light turns off.
Went thru this with the neighbor. At the 6:00 position under the column is a plastic panel. Remove it with small screwdriver. Using index finger , press on white plastic button. This releases switch and allows you to remove key. Replace plastic panel.