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I cannot remove the ignition from my 2004 GMC Envoy. I can start the car but cannot remove the key. Leaving the key in will kill my car battery. Assistance?

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You may to put your foot on the brake pedal first. Try it and see it helps.

Posted on Sep 04, 2010

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    Chris Young Dec 01, 2010

    The key is held into the ignition switch with a short solenoid connected to the ignition. As a quick fix, you can:
    1. Disconnect the battery. It is a pain, but very effective and the system retains all settings (radio presets, driver preferences, etc.) except for the radio clock time.
    2. Underneath the ignition is a textured piece of plastic molded into the cover of the steering column. Underneath that is the shaft of the solenoid. You can:
    a. Take the cover off and push the shaft up, releasing the key (again, a pain). Or
    b. Drill a small hole in the textured area (about 1/16" diameter) and use a paperclip to push the solenoid shaft up, releasing the key.
    When you get tired of keeping track of the paperclip, you can buy a new ignition switch for about $45 at your local auto parts store. Replacement instructions, with photos are online at this URL:http://forums.trailvoy.com/showthread.ph...

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