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Ignition will not release the key. I tried moving wheel and gearshift but it refuses to come out! Ignition still works, but darn key feels loose but will not pull out.

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This is a common problem with newer GM vehicles, either the key wont go in or the key won't come out. It should be a recall, I don't think there has been a bulletin on it. The key/ignition switch needs to be replaced. If you're worried about security because the doors wont lock with the key in the ignition, you can disconnect the battery and lock the doors manually.

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I am having the same problem with my 01 grand prix. to lock the doors, I get out of the vehicle and use the passenger side automatic lock... the dinging is what is going to drive me nuts.

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I had the same trouble..It was a broken wire in the center console for the park switch..This will not relese the key

Posted on Sep 11, 2010

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