Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Key stuck in ignition: RESOLVED
Since you all have given us so much support over the years with out TT kits, I figured we should return the favor and help support the community by sharing some info.
As the title states, keys stuck in the ign on the Autos and won't release. I did some searching, and found everything from ripping out the lock mechanism on the column, to Youtube videos replacing the whole shifter assembly, or the most common one on here was replacing the relay R8? Which is interesting, because when I look up the wiring diagram for this circuit, there is no relay in it; and if the relay is before this circuit I would assume that it would be killing off other things as well (like the sun roof as some pointed out with the fuse).
We tore into the shifter to trace the circuit and find the fault, and what we found was the pin on the shifter that contacts the micro switch had slid towards the passenger side, so it wasn't making contact with the switch....at least not all the time. Sometimes it would contact the micro switch arm, but other times the arm would pop, and spring around the side of the switch. Just push the pin back towards the driver side and you're good. Stupid simple, and FREE!!!
I searched when we first encountered this issue, and as I said I came up with a multitude of things it "could" be, but with as simple as this is, just a pin sliding, and as common as the problem seems to be, I would have to assume that more people were actually encountering this problem, but with it's intermittentness they assumed it was fixed when it started working with other solutions.
Unfortunately I didn't see one single user's post (HoLLo) at the very end of a thread which actually outlined this very thing until after we already went through all the trouble. But since he's already got pics uploaded and hosted, I'll just paste his over here. (So credit for this thread to HoLLo). But this should really be a sticky in the DIY section as it seems to be an issue with Pontiacs in general..