Question about 2006 Chevrolet HHR

3 Answers

Key stuck in ignition/chevy hhr - 2006 Chevrolet HHR

Posted by on

Ad

3 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 100 times.

    Sniper:

    An expert who has posted more than 50 answers, of which 90% or more were rated as helpful.

  • Expert
  • 75 Answers

This is a VERY common problem. The ultimate answer is to have the ignition switch replaced. In the meantime, you'll need to be able to get that key out. On the bottom side of the steering column there is a one inch square rubber plug that you pry out. You can then use your pointer finger to push the switch in. This will release the lock and let you turn your key to the off position and remove. You may want to leave this plug out as you'll be doing this a lot until it is repaired.

Posted on Oct 04, 2010

  • 1 more comment 
  • my53chevy Nov 04, 2010

    The problem is not the switch, it is in the shifter the automatics have a pin in the shifter that ingages a small switch that disengages the safety on the ignition switch when it is in park. This pin slips out of place and don't make contact so the ignition switch doesn't let you turn the switch far enough toget the key out . On the bottom side of the steering column there is a one inch square rubber plug that you pry out. You can then use your pointer finger to push the switch in. This will release the lock and let you turn your key to the off position and remove.

  • christy michael Nov 06, 2010

    Thank you so much for this tip.
    I work at Enterprise/Alamo/National Roadside call center
    in St. Louis. We get about 10 calls a month on this problem.
    I wish they would do a recall on this. I will pass this tip to
    our customers. Thanks again! -Christy

  • Phillip Imergoot Aug 16, 2013

    Question, what if the switch is already depressed and still can't get the key to turn off to remove the key

×

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Have a 2007 hhr that the key was stuck in the ignition. found the solution to the problem on youtube. remedy was to change the gear shift box for about $150 at the dealer, or you mechanic plus labor. the switch has a metal rod that contacts a switch and it comes loose and falls out of plastic keeper. I reached in and pushed up on the switch and key cam right out.

Posted on Oct 04, 2012

Ad
  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

Same story. I ordered a piece of .250" dia Delrin rod from McMaster Carr and built a replacement rod. It works great and is string and slippery. It cost me a few bucks. It's really not that hard of a job to do. The hardest thing was finding the right material. Delrin is the best. It's very slippery and strong. The end that mates to the sring I made a little larger by heating up a steel flat blade and melting the end to make it a litle bigger to make sure the spring wouldn't ride over the rod. The end that mates to the pistol grip shifter I cut a slot parallel with the hole I drilled for the rod. This way I can use a snall screwdriver to rotate the shaft to align the hole with the rod for installation.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011

6 Suggested Answers

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

MrRodneyLong
  • 55 Answers

SOURCE: 2006 Chevy HHR

start with the shifter. a common problem is the shifter is not making connection with the switch to tell the car its in park. jar ( hit) the shifter some and see if this doesnt let the key release. if this doesnt work then on plastic covering under the ignition switch is a small opening with a plastic cover. Remove the cover, feel with your finger until you find the release button for the key. The key will then come out.

Posted on Jul 04, 2008

dnewcombe1
  • 1564 Answers

SOURCE: key stuck in 2009 chevy hhr ignition help please

You may want to try pushing fordward harder into the park position while turning the key to the off position. The locking cable may need adjustment. If this does not work, try turning the collar just behind the keyswitch counter clockwise while trying to remove the key.Thanks, Dana

Posted on Mar 29, 2010

  • 79 Answers

SOURCE: 2009 chevy hhr key stuck

pull the negative battery cable off.

Posted on Jan 08, 2011

  • 312 Answers

SOURCE: Key win't turn ignition switch in 2008 Chevy HHR

replace the floor shifter. there is a switch on the shifter that allows the key to move. gm has had alot of problems with these shifters.

Posted on Dec 27, 2009

  • 84 Answers

SOURCE: IGNITION WONT TURN ON 2007 CHEVY HHR

sound like your steering wheel lock is engaged.... just give the wheel a hard tug when your turning the key... and what did you mean by "the key isnt stuck"?

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I have a chevy 1996 hhr and my key got stuck in the ignition but i got it out. However, when i put my key into the ignition the car still will not start? Could this be a dead battery issue or ignition...


To eliminate the battery have a load test done to check the cell conditions. I suspect that it may be an immobiliser problem from the key issue.

Sep 29, 2013 | 2006 Chevrolet HHR

2 Answers

2009 HHR Standard (not automatic) Key Stuck in Ignition


FYI this is now a free dealer fix--Service Bulletin--not a recall. chevy sent letters reregarding issue. Mine was the lock cylinder housing was faulty, the piece that holds the springs to the pieces in for the key shape poped out. temp fix is you can unplug wiring harness under steer wheel to disable the car and remote will still lock door and alarm still works. Of course mine went out on a saturday afternoon. you can remove the lock cylinder yourself and take to locksmith, they can fix the cylinder probably for under 10 bucks. i luv it a 16000 car stuck because 1/8" by 1/2" piece of metal comes loose.

Aug 30, 2012 | 2009 Chevrolet HHR

2 Answers

My key is stuck in the ignition in the on position and I cant turn my 2009 hhr off. How can I get my key to turn and come out?


FIRST make sure that your shifter is all the way up into the PARK position. Then make sure that the button on the shifter is not sticking. This button operates a switch that energizes a solenoid to keep the key from returning all the way back to the OFF position. If the button is stuck in, sometimes it can be released by tapping on the shift lever. This is a VERY COMMON problem.

Below is a link to a video that explains what I am talking about here.

HHR shifter video

Oct 30, 2011 | 2009 Chevrolet HHR

1 Answer

My 2009 chevy HHR is running and wont turn off. the ignition switch is stuck in the run position. I had to remove the fuel pump fuse to stop the engine. Do I just need to replace the cylinder. I was told...


The chipset also needs to be replaced . Actually the ignition kit comes as a set , which is to be replaced . Try oiling the ignition port , if uve got luck , ull be fine with it . else replace the ignition KIT , which includes , the cylinder, keys , chipset , and a few wiring systems aswell

Jun 01, 2011 | 2011 Chevrolet HHR

1 Answer

I have a 2007 CHEV HHR and the ignition key won't come out. I've tried everything I can think of from turning the steering wheel to trying to get the shifter to move a little further ahead but the ky just...


Chevy HHR Key Can Not Be Removed Stuck On

It's a security thing , shift interlock . Won't let you mover the gear selector unless your foot is on the brake pedal or turn the key off all the way . Electronic switch an lock solenoid ,controlled by the BCM

Aug 19, 2017 | 2006 Chevrolet HHR

1 Answer

IGNITION WONT TURN ON 2007 CHEVY HHR,HOWEVER THE KEY ISNT STUCK.


sound like your steering wheel lock is engaged.... just give the wheel a hard tug when your turning the key... and what did you mean by "the key isnt stuck"?

Apr 29, 2010 | 2007 Chevrolet HHR Special Edition

2 Answers

Key stuck in 2009 chevy hhr ignition help please


You may want to try pushing fordward harder into the park position while turning the key to the off position. The locking cable may need adjustment. If this does not work, try turning the collar just behind the keyswitch counter clockwise while trying to remove the key.Thanks, Dana

Mar 29, 2010 | 1999 Honda Accord

3 Answers

Key win't turn ignition switch in 2008 Chevy HHR


replace the floor shifter. there is a switch on the shifter that allows the key to move. gm has had alot of problems with these shifters.

Nov 30, 2009 | 2008 Chevrolet Hhr

Not finding what you are looking for?
2006 Chevrolet HHR Logo

4,285 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Chevrolet Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76164 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22156 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8273 Answers

Are you a Chevrolet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...