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Key stuck in on posistion of 2004 envoy. Engine could not turn off. Had to unplug battery to turn off. Key still stuck in on posistion. Will not come out

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Same issue with 2003 Envoy .took covers off steering ,took ignition tumbler out ,put new 1 in .....same issue!,only way to get key out is that silver button under neath column....some sort of solenoid.? won`t energize to release KEY. is there a fuse for this? or do you replace Switch,or some say Battery?

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Hello and welcome to FixYa!
As a first course of action, I strongly suggest that you spray WD40 on the ignition switch. This will help loosen the gearing, by then you can remove the key.
Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa! Have a good one!

Posted on May 24, 2011

  • tom burkhart Feb 11, 2012

    same issue with 2003,there is a button like solenoid under the key switch ,if you push it it will release key! but you have to leave cover off in order to keep doing this.its like that solenoid don`t energize to release key.

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