In my exhuberance to end my journey, as soon as I parked, I went to shut off the ignition only to find the key would not remove fromt he ignition. I went to the Help manual--and it described the problem as "Key trapped in ignition cyclinder", probably because I did not wait until the shift was in "Park" before I tried to remove the key. I tried several times--but frustartion & heat were not helping, so I have locked the car with the alarm & the key still in the ignition. Any ideas for removing the key? Also, how much SHOULD it cost to have this done "professionally"?
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Ignition Lock Cylinder - Removal & Installation
The Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system must be
disarmed before working around the air bag or SIR wiring. Failure to do
so may cause accidental deployment of the air bag, resulting in
unnecessary SIR system repairs and/or personal injury.
Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable from the battery.
In order to disarm the air bag system, allow the SIR system
capacitor to discharge for at least 2 minutes, before performing any
Remove the screws that secure the parking brake release handle to the instrument panel.
Remove the screws that secure the bottom of the lower steering column cover to the instrument panel.
Disengage the retaining clip that holds the right side of the lower steering column cover to the instrument panel.
Remove the lower steering column cover from the vehicle.
Remove the mounting screws that hold the upper and lower steering column shrouds and remove the lower steering column shroud.
Install the ignition key and turn the key cylinder to the
position. This is important because it will not only aid
in removal of the ignition lock, but will also place the socket (in the
lock cylinder housing) in proper alignment for the installation of the
replacement ignition lock.
Press in the lock cylinder retaining tab and remove the key cylinder (ignition lock).
Fig. Depress the retaining tab to remove the key cylinder
Install the ignition key into the replacement ignition lock key cylinder. Turn the key to the
position. Depress the ignition lock key cylinder retaining tab.
Align the shaft at the end of the ignition lock cylinder with the socket in the end of the ignition lock cylinder housing.
Align the ignition lock cylinder with the grooves in the lock
cylinder housing. Push the ignition lock cylinder into the housing until
the retaining tab sticks through the opening in the lock cylinder
Turn the ignition key to the
position and remove the key.
Install the lower steering column shroud and install the mounting screws.
Place the lower steering column cover into correct position on the
lower instrument panel and engage the clip that secures the right side
of the cover to the instrument panel.
Install the lower steering column mounting screws.
Install the mounting screws that hold the parking brake release handle to the instrument panel.
sounds like theres a problem with the ignition switch or the cylinder lock,your going to have to unplug harness connection under dash to see if radio goes out with the chime if it goes out when unpluged then the problem is in ingnition system, most likely its a jammed key sensor in cylinder, start there hope this helps,
Im thinking your going to be ok as far as warranty repair,if your dealers service dept is insensitive, call Saturn assist @ 1.800.553.6000 On to the ignition switch ....separate colum halves with #2 screwdriver> access ignition housing and look for trip slot on top side of cylinder>use pocket size screwdriver to trip button in slot while in ACC position and pull out...good luck
Ignition Switch They Are Always Going Bad Your Lucky You Can Get It Acc Mode Mine Wouldn't Turn At All. I Went After Market Through A Much Cheaper Version From Autozone But Now I Have One Key For The Door And Another For The Ignition.