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My ignition key cylinder is not returning to normal position to enable me to retract my key and turn off the accesories. I would like to know if this means that the ignition key cylinder is broken or if the ignition switch?

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You either could have a bad ignition switch or your ignition switch out of adjustment/loose causing not being in correct location

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How do I know if my ignition switch is bad ?


The electrical part or the key lock cylinder part ?
Ignition Key Cannot Be Removed from the Ignition Lock Cylinder
Did you review the Steering Wheel and Column Description and Operation and perform the necessary inspections?
Go to Step 2
Go to Steering Wheel and Column Description and Operation

2

Verify the key cannot be removed from the ignition lock cylinder.
Is the key stuck in the lock cylinder?
Go to Step 3
System OK

3

Is the vehicle equipped with a manual transmission?
Go to Step 6
Go to Step 4

4

Turn the ignition key to the OFF position.
Can the key be turned to the OFF position and be removed?
Go to Step 6
Go to Step 5

5

Verify the adjustment of the automatic transmission cable. Refer to Shift Control Linkage Adjustment in Automatic Transmission - 5L40-E/5L50-E.
System OK
Go to Step 6
Ignition Can/Cannot Be Turned Off with Transmission in Any Gear
Operate the system.
Does the system operate normally?
Go to Testing for Intermittent Conditions and Poor Connections
Go to Step 2

2

  1. Push the ignition lock cylinder control actuator release button which is on the underside of the ignition key cylinder.
  2. Turn the key to the OFF position and remove the key.
Were you able to turn the key to the OFF position and remove the key?
Go to Step 3
Go to Lock System Does Not Lock

3
  1. Turn OFF the ignition.
  2. Disconnect the ignition lock cylinder control actuator.
  3. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
  4. Connect a test lamp between the battery positive voltage circuit and the ignition key/shifter interlock switch supply voltage circuit of the ignition lock cylinder control actuator with a test lamp.
Does the test lamp illuminate?
Go to Step 8
Go to Step 4

Aug 20, 2015 | 2006 Cadillac CTS

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Ignition


he ignition switch generally has four positions: off, accessories, on, and start. Some cars have two off positions, off and lock; one turns off the car, and the other allows the key to be removed from the ignition. When the key is turned to the accessories position, certain accessories, such as the radio, are powered; however, accessories that use too much battery power, such as window motors, remain off in order to prevent the car's battery from being drained. The accessories position uses the least amount of battery power when the engine is not running, which is why drive-in movie theaters recommend that the car be left in theaccessories mode during the movie.

The on position turns on all of the car's systems, including systems such as the fuel pump, because this is the position the ignition switch remains in while the car's engine is running. The start position is spring loaded so that the ignition switch will not remain there when the key is released. When the key is inserted into the ignition switch lock cylinder and turned to the start position, the starter engages; when the key is released, it returns to the on position, cutting power to the starter. This is because the engine runs at speeds that the starter cannot match, meaning that the starter gear must be retracted once the engine is running on its own.

Either the ignition switch or the lock cylinder may fail in a car, but both circumstances have very different symptoms. When the ignition switch fails, generally the electrical wiring or the plastic housing develops problems. The car may not turn on and/or start when this happens. Also, the spring-loaded start position could malfunction, in which case the starter will not engage unless the key is manually turned back to the on position.

When the lock cylinder malfunctions, however, the operation of the key itself will become problematic. If the tumblers become stripped, the lock cylinder may be able to turn with any key, or you may be able to remove the key when the car is on. If the tumblers begin to shift, the lock cylinder may not turn. Sometimes the key can be wiggled until the lock cylinder turns, but it is important to remember that this is only a temporary fix.

Replacing an ignition switch can be tricky business, particularly in newer cars, because of the anti-theft devices used in cars. Once the ignition switch is separated from the back of the lock cylinder, the car can be started with a screwdriver, making it vital that this switch be difficult to get to. It is important to consult a shop manual before attempting this kind of repair, as the anti-theft devices may require special tools; attempting to remove an ignition switch without the proper tools can render the car inoperable.


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Jun 02, 2012 | Volkswagen Transporter Cars & Trucks

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My key wont turn to off in order to remove my key from ignition while in parking


Ignition - Key Stuck In Ignition Switch/Won't Turn Bulletin No.: 06-02-35-005 Date: February 28, 2006 TECHNICAL Subject: Key Stuck in Ignition, Key Will Not Return to Off Position, Shifter Button Won't Release in Park Position (Adjust Shifter Detent Finger) Models: 2002-2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Condition Customers may comment on any of the following conditions: - The key is stuck in the ignition cylinder. - They cannot return the key to the off position to remove the key. - The shifter button won't release in the park position. Cause This condition may be caused by the detent finger shifting over time. This may result in mis-alignment and binding of the shift rod on the shift position guide.
WHERE YOUR SHIFTER IS YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE IT APART ..MAYBE THE RUBBER BOOT IS IT THE WAY,OR THE SHIFT LOCK SELINOID WHENT BAD

Aug 05, 2011 | 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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I had a key made and it desabled the security system in my 1999 mercury cougar and now the car wont start and I need to have it reset.


All you have to do to reset the antitheft system is to lock the doors with the key fob.

Your new key has to be programmed to your engine computer (PCM) before it will work.

To program, follow the directions in your owner manual. You need 2 already rpogrammed keys to do this.

If you don't have 2 programmed keys, your dealer will have to use his diagnositc tool to retrieve the information from the computer. Always have 2 programmed keys. I actually keep 3 in case I lose one, I still have 2 to program a 3rd one myself.

If you have AAA, have it towed to the delaer as a "no Start" so you don't have to pay the tow charge.

I assume this new ket is your only key now, or you could drive to the dealer with your spare key.
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SECTION 419-01B: Anti-Theft - Passive 1999 Cougar Workshop Manual GENERAL PROCEDURES Procedure revision date: 09/14/2001
Key Programming Using Two Programmed Keys NOTE: This procedure only works if two or more programmed ignition keys are available and it is desired to program additional key(s). If two keys are not available. For additional information, refer to Key Programming - Erase All Keys and Program Two Keys in this section.
NOTE: PID SPARE - KY must be enabled for this procedure to operate. If this PID is not enabled, refer to Security Access then select Spare Key Programming Switch; Enabled.
NOTE: If the programming procedure is successful, the new key(s) will start the vehicle and the anti-theft indicator will illuminate for approximately three seconds.
NOTE: If the programming procedure is not successful, the new key(s) will not start the vehicle and the anti-theft indicator will flash. If the programming procedure was not successful leave the ignition switch in the RUN position for at least 30 seconds, repeat the Key Programming procedure from Step 1. If the failure repeats, refer to Diagnostic and Testing to review DTCs an carry out Pinpoint Tests.
NOTE: A maximum of eight ignition keys can be programmed to a passive anti-theft system (PATS) equipped vehicle.
NOTE: If the steps are not carried out as outlined, the programming procedure will end.
NOTE: Ignition keys must have correct mechanical key cut for the vehicle and must be a PATS encoded key.
  1. Insert first programmed key into ignition lock cylinder and turn the ignition switch from the OFF position to the RUN position (maintain ignition switch in the RUN position for one second).
  1. Turn ignition switch to the OFF position and remove the first key from the ignition lock cylinder.
  1. Within five seconds of turning the ignition switch to the OFF position, insert the second programmed ignition key into the ignition lock cylinder and turn the ignition switch from the OFF position to the RUN position (maintain the ignition switch in the RUN position for one second).
  1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position and remove the second key from the ignition lock cylinder.
  1. Within ten seconds of turning the ignition switch to the OFF position , insert the unprogrammed ignition key (new key) into the ignition lock cylinder and turn the ignition switch from the OFF position to the RUN position (maintain the ignition switch in the RUN position for one second).
  1. If it desired to program additional key(s), repeat the applicable key programming procedure from step 1.
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Passive Anti - Theft System (PATS)
The Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS) is fully passive in operation and requires no special procedures by the driver to arm or disarm the system. It is invisible to normal scrutiny and is operated by a miniature transponder within the key body. The transponder communicates with the powertrain control module through a transceiver mounted around the ignition switch lock barrel. The PATS functionality is incorporated within the powertrain control module.
PATS may be identified by a larger than normal sized ignition key. A larger sized ignition key indicates the presence of the transponder that controls the system.
The transponder code reading is carried out when the key, having been inserted into the ignition lock barrel, is turned from position ``0'' to position ``II'' to crank the engine. If the PCM receives the correct code, the engine will start. If the PCM receives either no code or an incorrect code the engine will not crank and PATS remains armed and the engine immobilised.
Anti-Theft Indicator
Whenever the ignition is switched on the anti - theft indicator will remain on for three seconds while the system reads the ignition key code.
The anti - theft indicator will flash rapidly or glow continuously after the initial three seconds to indicate the PATS has immobilised the vehicle.
For additional information on the PATS fault codes, refer to the Diagnosis and Testing section
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The PATS uses a specially encoded ignition key. Each encoded ignition key contains a permanently installed electronic device called a transponder. Each transponder contains a unique electronic identification code out of over four quadrillion combinations.
Each encoded ignition key must be programmed into the vehicle's powertrain control module (PCM) before it can be used to start the engine. There are special diagnostic repair procedures outlined in this manual that must be performed if an encoded ignition key needs to be replaced
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Dec 16, 2010 | 1999 Mercury Cougar

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How do I remove the ignition lock cylinder from a 2003 Saturn Vue for rekeying?


REMOVAL
  1. Disable SIR system. (Refer to "SIR Disable/Enable Procedure (For Frontal and Curtain Inflators)".
  2. Disconnect negative battery cable.
  3. Remove lock cylinder bezel from steering column shroud by carefully prying with thin blade screwdriver.
  4. Remove shroud fasteners and remove steering column upper and lower shroud panels.
  5. Insert key into ignition lock cylinder and rotate to RUN position. Then rotate ignition cylinder back to ACC position.
  6. Depress locking button on side of ignition module assembly with a thin pick-type tool. Slide lock cylinder assembly from ignition module.
INSTALLATION

IMPORTANT: Actuator blade within ignition module housing must be in ACC position to install lock cylinder assembly. If rotated, replace it to ACC position, using needle nose pliers.

  1. Insert key into ignition lock cylinder and install into ignition module.
  2. Install steering column upper and lower shrouds and shroud fasteners.
  3. Install lock cylinder bezel.
  4. Connect negative battery cable.
  5. Enable the SIR system. (Refer to "SIR Disable/Enable Procedure (For Frontal and Curtain Inflators)".

Apr 07, 2010 | 2003 Saturn VUE

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Location of ignition switch on 2006 gmc envoy


PATH: Chassis Electrical > Instruments & Switches > Ignition Switch > Removal & Installation Removal & Installation
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Disable the airbag system, as outlined in the Chassis Electrical Section.
  3. Remove the hush and knee bolster.
  4. Remove the steering column trim covers.
  5. With the key installed, turn the key to the RUN position.
  6. Install a hex wrench into the hole on top of the lock cylinder housing. Push down on the hex wrench to release the tab on the lock cylinder inside the lock cylinder housing.
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Push down on the hex wrench to release the tab on the lock cylinder inside the lock cylinder housing

  1. Slide the lock cylinder out of the lock cylinder housing.
  2. Disconnect the passlock and key buzzer from the lock cylinder housing.
  3. Insert into the lock cylinder housing
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Release the tabs on the ignition switch using ignition switch connector release tool J 42759

  1. Pull the ignition switch out of the lock cylinder housing.
  2. Disconnect the connector from the ignition switch.
To install:
  1. Verify the alignment of the gear in the ignition switch. If gear is not in position shown, turn gear in ignition switch until you reach the correct position.
  2. Use a screwdriver to rotate the lock cylinder housing gear counterclockwise until it hits a stop. In order to reach a stop while rotating the lock cylinder housing gear you MUST push and hold in the solenoid on the electric park lock.
  3. Connect the connector to the ignition switch.
  4. Insert the ignition switch into the lock cylinder housing. The tabs on the ignition switch MUST be seated inside the lock cylinder housing for proper installation.
  5. Use a screwdriver to rotate the lock cylinder housing gear clockwise to the start position—allowing it to spring return into the RUN position.
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Use a screwdriver to rotate the lock cylinder housing gear clockwise to the START position

  1. Align the lock cylinder and install the lock cylinder into the lock cylinder housing.
  2. Connect the passlock and key buzzer into the lock housing.
  3. Install the steering column trim covers.
  4. Install the hush and knee bolster.
  5. Enable the airbag system, as outlined in the Chassis Electrical Section.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.

Oct 12, 2009 | 2006 GMC Envoy

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97 Celica - Key stuck in accesory position


while in park, press shifter firmly even farther above park. Hold shifter and turn key.
The linkage may need adjusting. If this does not help the situation, then the pins inside the ignition are not getting pressed down because key is getting worn. You can try to tap around the ignition lightly with hammer to shake the pins loose.

Feb 04, 2009 | 1997 Saturn SL

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Ignition Switch


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Ignition Switch grey_line.gif Inspect | Test | Replace The ignition switch is usually mounted to the steering column and is operated by a linkage rod.
NOTE On column-mounted ignition switches, don't confuse the switch with the lock cylinder and keys. The ignition switch is not normally visible.
On some vehicles, the steering column support has to be removed and the column lowered to find the ignition switch. On others, the switch is accessible under the dash.

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The ignition switch is operated by the key switch. Courtesy of Ford Motor Company.
To replace the switch:
  • Remove the ignition switch wiring harness.
  • Unbolt it from its position.
  • Bolt the new switch into position.
  • Attach the witing harness.

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