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1999 Buick Regal GS key problem.Can't get key out of ignition

When i shut the car out the key won't come out of the ignition.

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  • Anonymous Aug 14, 2008

    at random time car won't release the key

  • bgon1944 Aug 29, 2008

    moved steering wheel back and forth; changed gears, raised and lowered steering wheel; cleaned key

  • cmomma112306 Aug 29, 2008

    I am currently having this same problem... I took it to a shop they replaced the ignition switch and housing, but I'm still having the same issue.

    Is this a known issue?


  • liles Aug 29, 2008

    I have the same problem. The key won't turn back to turn the accessories off. The key will come out though. I tried putting it back in, but it won't move back out of that position. But now my battery is dead.

  • rogerdrain Sep 03, 2008

    Same issue. Can't get key out of ignition and lock steering wheel. Requires toggling key on and off and sometimes restarting the engine, ensuring transmission is in Park etc. Wife was able to get key out in "ON" position that led to dead battery. Doesn't happen consistantly but on most occasions and maybe even more often after longer drives.

  • Lew H Sep 08, 2008

    I am the original owner of a 1999 Regal LS that had the same "key out of the ignition" problem. This went on for months. Usually if the car sat for a short time (5-30 min.) with the key stuck in the ignition, it would come out. Well one time and one time only the key went in and I could not turn it at all. This led to a tow to the closest Buick dealer and replacement of the ignition lock cylinder to the tune of $550. All worked well for a couple days and the problem with getting the key out of the ignition returned. A trip back to the dealer resulted in a $100 diagnostic charge and an explanation that there is a problem in the shift mechanism (solenoid when in park) and it was not related to the full lock up that it was towed in for. I was asked several times if any liquids were ever spilled on the shifter console. Their fix was to replace that shifter assembly for $750. Again, the key will eventually come out. Don't know what the next move is. The car has 193K on it and is still running strong.

  • rogerdrain Sep 12, 2008

    Well the local Buick dealership charged nme $40 for a diagnostic fee and then decided what I needed was two new keys. Didn't seem right to me that both my ignition keys would decide to wear out at the same time, and one of them apparently worked OK when used in a specific direction. So for another $72 I drove away and will say it does work better now. Process now is to make sure everything is turned off before I turn off the key, and still have to do a bit of toggling sometimes...then jiggle on the gear shift and it seems to work...Not like originally intended, but hopefully well enough to buy me another 6 or 8 months outa the car.

  • astangertou Nov 19, 2008

    The car began to be a lttile hard to shift out of park ( the button was getting harder to press down). Then suddenly the key wouldnt turn all the way back to the off position. After screwing around with it gave the key to turn to off position. Problem now is the key goes in but will not turn in either direction. I have sprayed wd40 into key hole but no luck. There hasnt been a problem with actually removing the key itself. It just this locking up and not being able to start the car or once started to return to off position.

  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2008

    Intermittent Key Stuck, PITA Big Time! Dealer wants $575.00 to replace the Key Cylinder but I'm holding out. I think it's the Bittsy or BTSI which stands for Brake Transmission Shift Interlock. Most internet forum comments indicate that new Key Cylinder is temp fix at best. Looking now for BTSI recalls and / or troubleshooting guides.



  • rogerdrain Mar 27, 2009

    I have to say that (knock on wood) since we got the two new ignition keys, we haven't had a recurrence of the problem. Ignition works fine and no more dead batteries from pulling the key out while not completely in OFF position. Maybe the "chip" in the key just gets worn out?

  • Traguk Mar 31, 2009

    Key goes to off position easily. But not to the "lock" position where you can remove the key. Dealer replaced the lock and keys but the same prob is there. If you wait a few minutes (sometimes a lot of minutes) and listen carefully, you can hear a small click in the steering coloum. After the click the key turns to the lock position and all is well. Any ideas?

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Its the button on the shifter, sometimes it doesnt contact the key unlock solenoid. all you have to do is turn the key to on position, (not start) press brake, and push the button on the shifter, youll hear a click in the ignition. then key will come out

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I had this problem- it is a simple fix. The problem is at the base of the gearshift. There is a small electric metallic contact that releases the key when you shift into park. That contact can become gummed up and not work properly causing the car to not release your key. (The contact does not engage and the car thinks you are not in park...) If you unscrew the center console and pull it off over the gearshift you will see the contact on the right hand side at the immediate base of the shift lever. I used a little WD-40 to clean it and voila! No problems since. It took me 10 minutes and 2 squirts of WD-40.

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I have had the same problem in a 1998 Buick Regal GS I had the ingintion switch replaced and still It locked up. Under the ingnition switch there is a about a 2" locking arm. it also releases the key when the car is turned off. They had to replace this locking arm. I have not had a problem in almost a year since they replaced this arm. cost? Ignition switch, 50.00 new key 50.00, locking arm a few dollars. couple hours labor.
I hope this helps others.

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My 99 regal ls had the same problem, it wouldn't turn to the lock position. I had to replace the ignition switch box to fix the random shutting off and dash lights going crazy. On the side of the ignition, there is a small plastic cylinder that is on an angle. I took that off and inside there is a small metal rod that moves up and down to lock the ignition. I found it wasn't unlocking when it was supposed to. I took the metal rod out and replaced the plastic on the ignition and have never had problems with it again.

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I have a problem that is similar my key won't come out if the weather is cold out i have to let my car warm up first. In the summer i have no problems, just when it's cold if i go to shut off my car and it hasn't been running long it won't come out if i just let it run with the heat on full and point the vents at my ignition it turns off

Posted on Mar 27, 2009

There is hole under the sterring column. Pop the cover off and use a tooth pick to stick up in there and it will release the key

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The owners manual for my 2004 Buick Regal on page 5-47 says: If you battery has a very low charge or is dead, you may not be able to remove the ignition key from the ignition switch or shift out of Park.

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