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2005 Chevy Blazer - Key gets stuck in ignition on a random basis. It will not turn all the way to home to release key so battery runs down if key is left in over night. There is also no button (hidden or otherwise) on the column that will release it manually.

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  • rwages Sep 27, 2009

    It does not feel jambed but I have some additional info after troubleshooting for a while. I removed the center console cover and found a cable of wires with a connector on the end that was plugged into the base of the gear shift. If I disconnect and reconnect the cable then the key will release. It works everytime. I also discovered a bit later that all I really needed to do was press on the connection (as if making sure it is seated all the way in) to get the key to release. This way I leave the console cover on, just not screwed down so I can lift up the cover, reach under and press the connection when the key will not turn to home.

    My next phase of testing revealed that by putting the gear shift into Park with a little extra force than is normally needed, the key releases as well. I have had this fail a couple times so I had to press the connector to release the key but it seems to work better when coming from drive into Park rather than from Revese into Park.

    I hope this helps someone. At least I have some good info for a mechanic if I have to go that route. Any additional comments based off of this new information is much appreciated and welcome. I would love to get to the bottom of this completely if someone out there has a good explanation.



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So, there are two main areas for problems, the lock cylinder itself, and the rest of the system. This involves a rod, sometimes tilt column, and a switch.
Typically, the issue is a lock issue, to tell, where, does turning the key feel like it is jambed, or does it feel that the lock can turn , but something else is jambed?

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