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Can't remove key

I can't get the key out of the ignition of my 2007 Chevy Cobalt. (This happened before, though it was supposed to have been fixed.) Previously, I could push a button and remove the key, but this time that is not working.

What would you suggest???

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  • MJCobalt May 27, 2008

    I have the same problem. Understand that there is a problem with the automatic shift selection "not recognizing" when the car is in park, so the key will not allow you to move into the lock position and remove the key. Funny that Chevy even has an access panel under the steering wheel which you can manually trip a reset button. Seems like a design flaw.

  • Anonymous Jun 28, 2008

    We cannot get the keys out of the ignition. We have only had it for a week now, used of course, but did not ever expect this kind of problem. Looks like we are back to the dealer tomorrow. We tried driving it around and shifting the gears but nothing seems to work.

  • Anonymous Aug 25, 2008

    I remove teh cup holder and reach under to the right and trip a switch that releases the key. I have yet to come up with a long term solution other than the $250 the dealer offered. This will be the last cobaly I own. Back to Dodge for me.

  • kathys101 Sep 02, 2008

    We have the same problem. Sometimes the key comes out, but other times it sticks, and we have to lock the doors with the key in the ignition and use the spare key to get back into the car.

  • Anonymous Oct 21, 2008

    i dont have the answer, but you can remove an access plate under the steering colum. In there there is a white button. hold it in, turn the key and pull it out. its in the owners manual if your not sure on my instruction.

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    ignition key sticks when i place the 2006 cobalt ls in park....



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I have not had this issue on my Cobalt, but I did encounter it on my 1997 Chevy Blazer.

There is a shift lock interchange that doesn't allow the car to shift unless the brake pedal is pressed in, and won't allow the ignition to be turned fully off if the car is not in park.

To remove my key I used to shift from Park to Drive repeatedly attempting to get the switch to lock in place. While it was very annoying, it eventually worked and the key was able to come out.

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Thank you very much for the tip on the switch. We just arrived from a trip from LA to Salt Lake City and my daughter went to her house and had to drive all the way back because she could not remove her key from her Cobalt 2006 (the pest). I told her of what I read just now and she did find the blessed switch!!!! Yess!!! She could not be happier and her cat will be even happier! Thank you a million!!!!!

Posted on Jan 03, 2010

  • bueno40 Jan 03, 2010

    My daughter encountered this problem right now as we arrived from a trip from LA to SLC. She went to her house and had to return to ours because she could not remove the key from her Cobalt 2006. Thanks to this solution she was able to find the switch, remove the key, and go back to her place where her cat waited so desperately for her return. Thanks a million! I love this website!


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Don't pay for a pricey fix. I had the same thing happen to me in the parking lot of Wal-Mart one night and almost lost my mind figuring it out but finally did. Take off the small rubber grommet on the bottom of the steering column. With your right index finger put it up there and feel for a button on the left side. If you have ever driven an old Ford they all have a switch to remove your key. This button works in the same way. The problem isn't with your transmission selector switch. Dealers like to make money! I loke to save you money! Hope this works! It did for me!

Posted on Dec 09, 2008

I've had this problem after turning my car off. The problem I've found is with the steering column. If I turn the steering wheel so that it locks and then turn it ever so slightly so that it's not resting on either side I can pull the key out.

Posted on Sep 30, 2008

My 2006 Chevy Cobalt developed this problem this past weekend. What a hassle! I took it to the dealer this morning and he told me it would be $250 to replace either ignition or gear shift. Whatever! I don't have the money for this. I will try some of the suggestions you posted to see if it helps.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008

I had problems with that also. i found that when i shift it to park and i push it really hard into park, it will "register" and the key will come out no problem.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008

Interlock switch gm knows about it

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I couldnt get my keys out of my Cobalt and I have one key. Big problem. Anyway, the dude who talks about the button is dead on. It's really more of a lever than a button, but it worked! Thanks dude, now I don't have to unhook my battery. Chevy SUUUUUUUXX!

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