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Old 07-11-2010, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default Key stuck in ignition.

Yesterday after shutting off my car, the key wouldnt come out... WTF!!! I tried for about 20 minutes to get it out but it wasnt happening. I finally disconnected the pos batt terminal and let it sit overnight. Ive been on the internet all day looking for a way to get it out. No luck so far.

Help me PLEASE!!
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:58 PM   #2
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First, Make sure you're in park. If it still doesn't come out, try restarting the vehicle, If that doesn't work, put it in neutral & try restarting again.

Let me know how that goes...
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:13 PM   #3
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Mine did that the other day. After turning the wheel one way and the other with some good pressure against the locks, and moving in the seat to rock the car forward a bit (it was on a small slope), it came out.

The key won't come out till you hook the battery back up. And try not to turn the key forward with the battery unhooked. It'll likely activate the onstar backup battery and it'll have to be replaced.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:51 PM   #4
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I thought someone else on here had the same issue?
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:15 PM   #5
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well if the battery is dead ur key will be stuck in the ignition. also the locking of the wheel could do this also . those are the two issues i konw of
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:16 PM   #6
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Yeah, I was trying to remember if it was the dead battery issue.
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:39 PM   #7
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I had this same problem on my Trailblazer and it was a blown fuse...seriously.

There was a kinked wired in the steering column that rubbed to cause a fuse to pop and the trans wouldn't go into park and the key wouldn't come out. Had it happen about three times in a year's time before the dealer was finally able to trace it down for me.
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:34 PM   #8
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I had just come home from driving the car so the batt wasnt low.

The car is deff in park. I put it in rev, moved the car, put it in park, shut it off.. nuthin.

I did the same in drive.. No Go.

I physically rocked the car back and forth too, nuthin..

I turned the steering wheel all the way to one side then the other, nuthin.

I even took the underside of the dash off to wiggle any wires i could get to, nuthin.

Im gonna go check fuses now.
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:58 PM   #9
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Here's what was the problem with the other guys car.

"Got the call that my car was ready to go.

Here's the exact language off of my invoice:

"Removed the steering column covers to inspect the ignition lock cylinder. Cylinder was found to be seized and all attempts to free up the lock cylinder failed. To repair the concern, the lock cylinder and lock cylinder housing would need to be replaced. The lock cylinder housing was found to be part of the steering column. Obtained a replacement steering column and lock cylinder. Removed the steering column and transferred all required components to the new steering column. Installed new steering column and completed all required set up procedures, including a theft system relearn."

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Old 07-11-2010, 08:03 PM   #10
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THANKS DavidF!!

I check all the fuses. Every single fuse in the car (even the one that I knew had nothing to do with the ignition). All were fine.

I went on a drive to charge the battery and noticed my radar wasnt on. When i got back home i pulled the "add a fuse" and one of the 10A fuses were blown. I replaced it and wadda ya know the key came right out!!

I am so relieved that it doesnt have to go to the dealer in the morning!

Thanks everyone for the suggestions and help. Hopefully this will be helpful to anyone that has the same problem in the future.
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:08 PM   #11
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Just for our own knowledge which fuse was blown and in which fuse block?
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Here's what was the problem with the other guys car.

"Got the call that my car was ready to go.

Here's the exact language off of my invoice:

"Removed the steering column covers to inspect the ignition lock cylinder. Cylinder was found to be seized and all attempts to free up the lock cylinder failed. To repair the concern, the lock cylinder and lock cylinder housing would need to be replaced. The lock cylinder housing was found to be part of the steering column. Obtained a replacement steering column and lock cylinder. Removed the steering column and transferred all required components to the new steering column. Installed new steering column and completed all required set up procedures, including a theft system relearn."

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http://www.g8board.com/forums/showth...ight=key+stuck

Good luck.
And people don't think they need extended warranty!
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:13 AM   #13
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Just for our own knowledge which fuse was blown and in which fuse block?
Dont remember the actual number.. But its in the box on the drivers side. Its the 2nd to last 10A fuse on the 2nd row.
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:44 PM   #14
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Dont remember the actual number.. But its in the box on the drivers side. Its the 2nd to last 10A fuse on the 2nd row.
Same thing happened to me when I used a fuse tap to hook up my remote amp wire to the fuse box. I was freaking out that I couldn't get the key out of the ignition, but after fiddling around with the fuse box, I saw that one of the fuses on my fuse tap had blown. I replaced it, and voila, the key came right out.

When I had my car in the dealership to replace the engine mounts, they noticed the fuse tap and they told me that they strongly recommend not using those because it can cause all sorts of problems. They said it would be better to tap into the back of the cigarette lighter directly, versus tapping into the fuse box.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:16 AM   #15
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I may be able to shed a little light on this subject, but need a little help too.

I have been having the same problem for a while now, and it's starting to get irritating to say the least. The problem seems to revolve around a sensor in the shifter mechanism that tells the vehicle that the engine is running or not. For whatever reason, the sensor doesn't report the correct information, and the key won't return to "off" and release the key. You will also find that when the sensor is not working correctly, the sunroof will not operate. I have had the car (08 GT) at my dealership three times now, with the ignition barrel replaced the first time (did nothing), the sensor replaced the second time (took two weeks for it to start again), and this time (today) will be to look for other alternatives.

When the sensor decides to work, you can hear an audible click from the ignition when the pin releases that stops the key from moving to "off". With the sensor in the shifter, moving the car in and out of gear (even rowing through the gears in manual mode) seems to have the most success in getting it to release. Once the sensor was replaced, it will release the key a lot quicker than before. It used to take upwards of 5 minutes of monkeying with the car to get it to release, but now it will cough it up in about 30 seconds. Still shouldn't be doing that though.

So, knowing this now, does anyone have any additional insight?

In regards to the additional info that has been posted previously in this thread, I don't have anything tapped in on fuses, and all are in tact.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:24 PM   #16
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Just a little update.

Dealer ended up replacing the lockout solenoid in the steering column. So far, so good. There isn't much left to the system other than the relay that controls everything. It's not clearly marked as to which one it is, so I will have to prod the dealership to find out. Only three parts, and two of them have been replaced. I hope this goes away.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:40 PM   #17
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I'll have to checkout the fuse box also. for the pass 2 weeks both my keys has started getting stuck in the ignition. Its so embrassing pulling up in a parking lot and the key won't come out so i have to restart the car a few time while people looking at me and wondering why he keeps starting his car up lol. plus its hot as hell here so that doesn't help sitting in the car being fustrated. but when i recrank the car and put the car in drive and let it roll some then SOMETIMES the key will come out. I'm going to check the fuses now before i contact the dealer tomorrow.
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:52 PM   #18
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My key has been doing this for about three weeks getting harder and harder to get out every day. I've had it at two different dealerships and they can't find anything wrong because they let it sit for five hours before looking at it and then it works fine. When I get in it in the morning and go to work all day and then go home at night it works fine. It is when I run several errands and start it and shut if off I have problems, about the third time I do that is when the key won't come out. If I sit and wiggle it, restart and turn the wheel, shift gears, hold my tongue just right, etc. it will eventually turn on over and come out. Extended warranty might have been a good idea!!!

Hey evilc66, do you know how much the lockout solenoid was or the part number? I'd like to have an idea of what kind of money I'm looking at as that makes the most sense to me...I don't think it is the shifter sensor as I can usually wiggle it out if I can muster enough patience to sit there for five minutes. The steering column sounds like it would be a crap load of money.
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:04 PM   #19
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I have been having the opposite problem. I can get the key out, but when I put it in, I can not turn to start the car. I had this happen twice on me, once on vacation and the other time when I just got back from vacation. it is irritating to the max.

Any thoughts on this?
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Old 07-30-2010, 07:02 AM   #20
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This is worrisome. Our GTO had a mechanical deficiency (common in those cars) that would cause the key to stick and eventually become frozen in the ignition. For those of us that were proactive, it was a $30 part and 30 minutes of time to change it out of the steering column. For those that weren't... it could cost up to $1000 for a fix.

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