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My key won't turn ignition or come out,and my column shifter wont do anything either....feels like something mite be broke. it moves to easy but wont go to any gears.

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  • imaloaderman Apr 25, 2010

    i charged battery,it feels like the ignition is locked.when you pull the shifter to try to go in gear it doesnt do anything and the steering wheel is locked.

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GM have a issue with this in most cases just put the battery on the charger, once the battery comes up it will release your key.

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