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Stopped to put gas turned car off removed key from ignition. Noticed all acc power still on while key was out of ignition. Meanwhile ignition stuck at position.Put key back into ignition key now stuck in position 1 and is unable to move forward or backward to any other position. Key can be removed from ignition. Need help.everything else working fine. Tried basic fixes i.e. Fuses, code, battery, etc. just painted it so would hate to have it end now. Please help
Some of these electric interlocks require the brake pedal stepped on for releasing..have you tried that? along with shifting fully into park a few times?
Posted on Jan 26, 2014
Testimonial: "Yes both of those have checked out. I now believe it my be a problem w the sensor in the ignition. Any ideas or incite greatly appreciated."
Usually a stuck key in a steering column involves the steering lock. Try turning the key while turning the steering wheel back and forth.
Posted on Jan 26, 2014
Testimonial: "Thank you for your help. I clarified actual problem more clearly.(see above comments)"
under the steering column, there are three or four little holes in the plastic covering. If you look inside, one of them (the one on the right side toward the dash) there is a brass pin inside. This is the pin to release the key. As far as the key not turning, I have had the same problem. The first time I replaced the ignition switch and that solved the problem. However, this makes no sense because the ignition switch has nothing to do with the tumbler being locked. GMC thinks that my anti theft system, which is inside the ignition cylinder is the problem. By removing the ignition switch, it reset the pass lock anti-theft system and temporarily fixed the problem. So, try removing the ignition switch and then plugging it back in. If that doesn't work, your in the same boat as I am, and we may both need new ignition cylinders.
Posted on Apr 27, 2009
try wd40 and shaking the key, what happens is one of the tumblers get stuck and wont let the key turn if that dosnt work let me know worst case you will have to replace the ignition its about $35 to $40 and a few hours.
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
I have the same problem. I put some graphite down the key hole and pushed it around in there and it loosened it up a bit to the point I could turn the ignition. If you have a replacement key, start using that. It should help as well.Teeth on old key may be wearing down. Lastly, I keep a screwdriver in the car to whack against key when it's in the ignition if it's stuck. A few taps on the key will always unlock the ignition.
Or, go but a new ignition and key set....
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
It's part of the steering lock mechanism causing the issue. You probably turned everything off while the wheels were off center. Grab your steering wheel and pull it counter-clockwise with some strength and at the same time, try turning your ignition key. It should release.
Posted on Sep 13, 2009
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