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Offline Vince

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Key stuck in the ignition
« on: April 03, 2013, 09:23:57 PM »
Well the problem today is the ignition is stuck in the run position, with the key in it. The ignition will move to the start position also.
What do I need to take apart to get into the switch. Any help out there?
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Re: Key stuck in the ignition
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2013, 06:29:29 AM »
This may be a silly question, but did you flip the little key release lever and jiggle it a few times?  I found that mine likes to stick occasionally and jiggling it in/out wile pushing the release lever usually frees it.

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Re: Key stuck in the ignition
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 06:50:57 AM »
Sounds like you may need a new ignition key cylinder.  This happened to me, its a pretty easy job to swap in a new one.
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Re: Key stuck in the ignition
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2013, 11:48:40 AM »
I've also had an ignition switch fall apart inside and cause this problem.   But just like the key tumbler, its a cheap and easy fix.   Has to be one or the other.
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Re: Key stuck in the ignition
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2013, 08:56:32 PM »
So how is it removed and fixed?
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Re: Key stuck in the ignition
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2013, 09:47:06 PM »
So how is it removed and fixed?

I'm going to answer as if you have some experience in car repair. If you need more details please post and I or someone will answer.

To remove the ignition lock...
1. Pull off the steering wheel. You need a steering wheel puller or a harmonic balancer puller to do so.
2. Remove the thin plastic disk under the steering wheel
3. Take out the ring securing the lock plate to the steering shaft. Hold down the lock plate with a lock plate depressor tool before removing the ring. There's a spring under the lock plate. Release the lock plate depressor and remove the lock plate.
4. Remove the turn signal switch
5. There's a slot in the lock cylinder receptacle. Use a small screwdriver to depress the brass retainer that's engaged in the slot.
6. While depressing the retainer pull the lock cylinder out of the receptacle in the steering column.

You can get a new lock cylinder at your friendly local purveyor of parts or a locksmith. It's a GM part.

Installation is the reverse of the above.  :eagle:
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Re: Key stuck in the ignition
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2013, 12:34:11 AM »
I have put the wrong key in and had this problem in the past. I just tap the key in deeper and it usually works again unless the electric slider is what messed up.
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