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The gauge cluster quit working and is stuck. We disconnected the battery. And now the key wont come out. And cluster is still not working.

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Battery needs to be connected with 12 Volts to have the ignition keys released from the switch. The stepper motors are know to go bad on the Trailblazers and will need to be replaced. The stepper motor it self is about $10.00 but to replace the whole cluster will be around $400-$500.

Here is a link that should help you, and thank you for using fixya.http://gmcowners.com/gmc-forum/showthread.php?t=16329

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