Key will not come out of ingition


AR-15OZZY
01-22-2005, 06:53 PM
Hi guys I am new here but am glad I found this forum. I have a 1997 blazer 4.3 4x4 with a floor auto shift. My Ignition key is stuck in . It has happened before and I pulled the shifter apart put back together (it was bent) and would not let the little switch in shifter move. That is not the problem now however. When I pull the power wires off then back on the switch in the shifter sometimes I hear a click in the steering colum by the key switch when I here it it will work then I start and turn off it is stuck again. Can anyone help? Thanks OZ

bowtie_pasta
02-03-2005, 11:27 PM
I have the same truck and the same problem bro. Can you elaborate on the switch removal?

Cadillakin'98
02-04-2005, 12:22 AM
amatures!!!!

bowtie_pasta
02-04-2005, 12:34 AM
What's your point of even posting if you are not here to help?

Cadillakin'98
02-04-2005, 12:38 AM
Oh I do help others, but not on stuff like this. Not usually, today is your lucky day..my advise...try putting it back together AGAIN, I bet you missed something.

bowtie_pasta
02-04-2005, 12:41 AM
My advice to you is to skip these posts and move on where you can actually help. Calling someone an amatuer in response to a valid question isn't anyway to act. Of course some people get real tough behind a keyboard.

It's like speaking just to hear yourself speak.

crazys182003
02-04-2005, 09:05 AM
If there are two people with the same problem and they both tried than I am sure they did not miss soemthing. They would like to know what the problem may be. Cadill if you are calling them an amatuer than that should mean your a pro? And if you are such a pro why not post your experiences in order to help them. But if your not gonna help than please don't post.

buckeyboy
02-04-2005, 09:48 AM
I have the same truck and the same problem bro. Can you elaborate on the switch removal?
Are you getting any error codes for transmission or does the service engine soon light come on? I had this problem, and from this forum I found out to change the ignition switch, and it worked. I never had the problem again. Maybe somone reading this thread can help you navagate to that thread there were detailed instructions on how to do this. hope this helps :smile:

buckeyboy
02-04-2005, 09:59 AM
Oh I do help others, but not on stuff like this. Not usually, today is your lucky day..my advise...try putting it back together AGAIN, I bet you missed something.

:loser: Whats your error code man these people are looking for help not hinderance. Don't be such a "Richard" you know the short name for Richard :uhoh: being as smart as you are. :nono:

97blazr2
02-04-2005, 03:53 PM
i had the same problem with my 97, right around the area of the ignition theres a little rubber piece? mine has been removed but if you take it off, leaving the plastics on and look inside you will see a white plastic switch thing with a little round metal piece maybe 1/4-1/2 inch long. the metal piece is down while the key is in and up when you turn the key back, if you reach in when your key is stuck and lift up the little metal piece up (it slides up into the white plastic piece" while its up turn the key back and it should come out. i would try a little bit of lubrication on the metal piece. oil, any type of grease might get too thick and not let the metal piece move freely. let me know how you make out and if it is any help

bowtie_pasta
02-04-2005, 07:10 PM
Guys I figured this out last night!

I ended up pulling the little plug/cover off the bottom of the column and pushing the release button. It worked and the key released like normal. All this got me thinking...what and why is this switch not releasing normally? I wanted to see more. Without pulling the steering wheel I removed the two screws from the bottom column cover and popped it down to where I could see inside the column okay with a flash light. *Note, you won't be able to remove the bottom cover without removing the wheel or the knee bolster.*

This allowed me to see the release mechanism which is nothing more than a solenoid. This solenoid is activated when you press the thumb button on the shifter. It locks the key in place and unlocks it in park. I noticed it only working sometimes when pressing the button. I wiggled the wires going to the switch and kept testing. After that I could NOT get it to freeze up again which was great! It almost seemed like the button was just hanging up. At any rate I must have tested it 100 times and it still worked flawlessly. I went ahead and sprayed a dab of silicone spray onto the button of the end of the solenoid hoping if it was just a lubrication issue this would keep it working smoothly. *Note if you are testing this with the key all the way forward in the ON position you will have to press the brake before the shift lever button sends current to the soleniod.*

So if you are putting your truck into park the instant you release the shift thumb button you should hear a click from the column. If not, they soleniod is not releasing.

This all makes sense because why else would Chevy put access to a button on the bottom of the column to release the key? Answer: Just in case you try to start your truck with a dead battery. If the battery is dead the soleniod will not release.

At any rate I'm thrilled with my progress and looks like the shop can eat my shorts!

Hope this helps those out with the same trouble. Ask questions if you have any.

Roland

BlazerLT
02-05-2005, 12:22 AM
amatures!!!!

If you can't help, shut the f*** up.

Keep it up and you will be removed.

Rick Norwood
02-05-2005, 10:45 AM
Great Job Roland in fixing your problem and Thanks for sharing the results. Too many times we never hear back from people asking for help.

And THANKS BlazerLT for keeping this forum Clean!

BlazerLT
02-05-2005, 04:43 PM
No problem. :D

01shavedblaze
02-11-2005, 06:35 AM
Thanks for the repair tip!!! I was having the same problem with my ignition. I lubricated mine and now it works perfectly. Easy thing for anyone to try before testing or buying new parts.

xokayxo
02-17-2005, 04:58 PM
my key still gets stuck in my ignition every time i try to take it out. having to press the button on the bottom of my steering column is getting REALLY old. last night it released the key randomly, and only once. if i lubricate it, where do i put the lubricant? (i.e.: in the keyhole, straight up into where the button is?) and do i have to use silicone spray? i have some oil/lubricant for like a bike chain :) haha

BlazerLT
02-17-2005, 05:04 PM
my key still gets stuck in my ignition every time i try to take it out. having to press the button on the bottom of my steering column is getting REALLY old. last night it released the key randomly, and only once. if i lubricate it, where do i put the lubricant? (i.e.: in the keyhole, straight up into where the button is?) and do i have to use silicone spray? i have some oil/lubricant for like a bike chain :) haha

You are SUPPOSED to push the button under the steering colum to remove the key.

va3mw
02-23-2005, 11:57 AM
I've been chasing this for some time. I looked under the column on my 1997 (Canadian) Blazer and I can see a cover, which I popped off, but no sign of a release. What am I missing?

The key release is intermittant and so annoying that I have to keep a spare Key with me.

01shavedblaze
02-23-2005, 02:42 PM
I did the lube thing and mine worked great for a couple days, now the problem is back. It sucks carrying a small screwdriver around to release the solenoid all the time. I guess I will just have to break down and order the new assembly, $159 from the chevy dealer. You can only find the solenoid near the ignition assembly if you have an automatic with the floor shifter. If you are having this problem and your blazer has an automatic with the column shifter then the solenoid assembly is further down the steering column.

hp1
03-24-2005, 09:00 PM
I lubricated my switch in my 98 jimmy, and now it is sticking again, So this time I took some Duct tape and rolled a ball and made sure that it keeps that button pushed in by the ball pressing against the inside of the column and the switch, sticky side out on the tape so it can't sl;ide out of place., Since it is in now all the time it seems to never hang, up. the question is, though does it pose a danger by leaving the button pressed in all the time?? the keys come out fine and all.

BlazerLT
03-24-2005, 09:31 PM
You are supposed to press that button to get the key out.

Why are people thinking this is weird or something?

hp1
03-25-2005, 09:29 AM
Blazer, The button is intenal, on the bottom of the steering column there is a cover covering a hole, where you need to insert a screw driver or something to to reach a 4 inch gap to get the button. It is not really a button at all. There is a solenoid with a metal post that must be magnetically charged. When you push the button on the shifter, the magnet must activate and sucks this metal button in" that is where the clicking comes from. what is happening is the solenoid is only working sporatically the post is staying out therefore keeping the key from turning all the way to the off position, therefore you cannot get your key out. So NO you cannot push the button all the time since it is set up like a shifter that gets stuck on a hill, where you pop off a cover and get the emergency release. Some vehicles with manual transmissions have a button right by your key to push from what i have been reading. Ours don't. Thats where the problems are, so now i taped the Solenoid button in,My question is what is the Solenoid switch in there in the first place after all???

BlazerLT
03-25-2005, 11:17 AM
Ah, ok, I was thinking you had the white push switch to get the key all the way out like on some models.

hp1
03-25-2005, 09:26 PM
Well, any of you guys that have the stuck ignition, using somthing to keep the solenoid button pushed in is working great, No problems at all. Like i said before I took the two screws out of the bottom of the collumn, and then the bottom of the collumn will drop down, as you will notice is that the button (metal Thinggy) will be sticking out, especially if the key is stuck, once that is pushed in it lets the key back to where you can pull it out. I thought about Super gluing it in, but instead I just made a tape ball, Sticky side out, and put it agains the solenoid, and then when you push the collumn back in place, the tape ball pushes the button in, and then gets wedged so it can't slip out. NO PROBLEMS SINCE. It's kind of nice not hearing the clicking in there too, when you shift into park and press the button. No problems that i know of either, Auto start works, no lights or codes on, and the ignition works smoother than ever. Hope this helps some of you!!!

steener
04-08-2005, 12:03 PM
Are you getting any error codes for transmission or does the service engine soon light come on? I had this problem, and from this forum I found out to change the ignition switch, and it worked. I never had the problem again. Maybe somone reading this thread can help you navagate to that thread there were detailed instructions on how to do this. hope this helps :smile:


I have a stuck key too. Im also getting codes p740,753,758,785,860,1860. Could all these tranny codes be the cause of a sticky ign. sw., or should I replace the switch?

mschoppe35
03-17-2010, 02:41 AM
Lubrication didn't fix the problem for me so I installed a small hose clamp around the base of the button housing making it so the button would only drop to a certain point. Works great now.

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