Paula

Mount Gilead, OH

#81 Apr 22, 2014
Linda wrote:
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Yes, I am having the same problem. Also ar you having problems with the air conditioner?
I am having the exact same problems with my 2007 Pontiac Torrent with releasing the key after turning the car off. I have to twist the key partially back on and wiggle the shifter. I am also having air conditioner problem and my remote starter has stopped working. All the problems started at the same time. Where do we get answers ?
Teresa

Corona, CA

#82 May 12, 2014
I am having trouble with my ignition. I have a 2007 Chevy Equinox. It started about a year ago. It happens sporadically but it is very annoying. I have taken it out of park, put it in drive then slammed it in park. It still sticks. I'm so over it.
Fawn

United States

#83 May 19, 2014
I have been having this issue for at least 3 yrs and it is just getting worse, Unfortunately I can not afford to take it in and have them run up a labor bill to figure it out. If there is anyone out there who has had this repaired I would love to know how much it cost. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada and when this happens in the summer it sucks to sit in a car when it is 110 degrees outside waiting for the "click" to remove my key!!
Charlie

Nashville, TN

#84 May 20, 2014
Y it won't start n my key stuck please help
Charlie

Nashville, TN

#85 May 20, 2014
Y IT won't start n key stuck
SEA

Salt Lake City, UT

#86 Jun 6, 2014
At Dealer-having same issue everyone else is having...they think it's the shifter=$500.00+...anyone know how to go about getting this recalled and if so-know how to go about it?
Maggie

United States

#87 Jun 10, 2014
I've had this same problem for about two years on my 2007 Equinox and it just got worse and worse and more frequent to the point that it happened 9 times out of 10.
But we found a work-around for it this past weekend. Underneath on the steering column is a little square plastic piece that pops out with the help of a screwdriver. If you look up in there (awkward, but doable), there is a white plastic piece that has a little button on the end of it on the right hand side. If you push this button in to the left, the key pops right out. With a few minutes of practice I am now able to reach up there with my left hand index finger, locate and push the button, and remove the key instantly with my right hand.
Hope this helps someone.
Mike

Fenton, MI

#88 Jun 30, 2014
I have the same issue with my 2009 Equinox as the key will not release. You DO have to wait and the funny thing is they recalled a ton of GM vehicles today (about the 4-5 recall in recent weeks) and my former 2004 Monte Carlo with an ignition problem was part of that recall. The car wouldn't start and that was about a $300-400 repair.... GM knows they have defective parts out there and hopefully they get off their butts and do the right thing by recalling the vehicles. The 04 Monte Carlo was known to have head gasket issues too.
Connie

Birdsboro, PA

#89 Jul 2, 2014
I keep waiting for some recalls on my 07 equinox. I bought it new and just paid it off. I have replaced head gaskets right after the warranty expired. Then I needed to replace throttle body. They also told me I needed a transmission (didn't happen yet). My key is always stuck in ignition and now it is in for a rear drive shaft etc. Another 800.00. It never ends with this car. I have been stuck in it for years because I cant get rid of it because I owed on it and paying huge repair bills. I am still paying on 2500.00 head gaskets. GM has ruined me financially in this economy. I cant afford to get the simply things done because I am afraid of what they will tell me. Like my driver side window wont go down.
Mardi Butts

Huntsville, Canada

#90 Jul 22, 2014
We are experiencing the same problem with the key not releasing in our 2007 Equinox. We have spent $400. to replace the ignition cylinder and that DID NOT change anything. Has anyone reported their problem to the Motor Vehicle Commission?? Apparently that is the only way to get a re-call started. Does anyone have the phone number for this association in Ontario Canada? Sure hope as a group we can get this resolved through GM itself
Shannon

United States

#91 Jul 22, 2014
Mardi Butts wrote:
We are experiencing the same problem with the key not releasing in our 2007 Equinox. We have spent $400. to replace the ignition cylinder and that DID NOT change anything. Has anyone reported their problem to the Motor Vehicle Commission?? Apparently that is the only way to get a re-call started. Does anyone have the phone number for this association in Ontario Canada? Sure hope as a group we can get this resolved through GM itself
Under the steering wheel is a small cap that you can pull off. There is a small white button that wil release your key if pushed. My key still comes out sometimes but I use the button as a backup because I can't afford to have a dealership charging me hundreds of dollars if they don't know what is wrong. It's very frustrating. I keep following this thread to wait for answer like I did for the acceleration issue at 40-50mph.
Connie

Birdsboro, PA

#92 Jul 22, 2014
I have a 2007 equinox and have been having the same problem. The key is always stuck in the ignition. I have to turn it on and off many times and take it in and out of gear.
Angie

Pasadena, MD

#93 Jul 22, 2014
Connie wrote:
I have a 2007 equinox and have been having the same problem. The key is always stuck in the ignition. I have to turn it on and off many times and take it in and out of gear.
Hi Connie, It can be very frustrating as we have been dealing with this for several years now. If you sit and wait without doing anything, as you are waiting you will hear some clicks like it is trying to release. It finally will release but have had to wait anywhere from a few seconds all the way up to about 3 minutes. The bad thing is my husband keeps an extra set of keys on him so when we come home and the key gets stuck he can at least let me in the house for the dog, to take groceries in etc. and then he will go and get the keys out of the ignition once it has released. The other day he forgot to go back and get the key out of the ignition after it being stuck and was so worried about the battery being drained but Thank God it did start. It seems like GM has had so many ignition issues with their cars and it is very sad.
Ernie

Naples, FL

#94 Jul 27, 2014
I am the original owner on an 07 Equinox. My ignition key getting stuck about 1 year ago. I began using my second ignition key that came with the car, and my problem seems to have gone away.
Bekki

Hackensack, NJ

#95 Aug 10, 2014
I have a 2007 Pontiac Torrent and it has been having issues with releasing the key after one turns off the car. It has the same problem with both keys, and it doesn't matter which way you put the key in. It doesn't happen every time, but it seems to be happening more frequently now.

Here is a description of what happens:
you get to your destination, put the car in PARK, and turn the key to OFF, and then the key won't come out. you have to sit there and wait for the key to be ready to come out. sometimes you hear a little click and then you know that the key is ready to come out.

I do not believe it is a lubrication issue. i do not believe it has anything to do with the battery, as i had to replace my battery fairly recently and it still happens, actually it is happening more frequently now. It sounds to me like some sort of an electronic locking sensor that doesn't go through its unlock cycle at the right time. i don't even know if the car has that, but it seems the most likely.

What can be done to correct this, so one doesn't have to sit in the car for several more minutes, waiting for the car to release the key?
Maggie

Chandler, AZ

#96 Aug 17, 2014
[See Maggie #87 above. Pushing the button works every time.]
problem child

Klamath Falls, OR

#97 Sep 8, 2014
Chevy Equinox has a key removal protection sylenoid connected to the shift lever. If either of these go bad you will not be able to turn the key to the off position and take it out. Use the small access cover to manually push the sylenoid with your finger to release the key.
Kayoce

Missoula, MT

#98 Sep 9, 2014
THIS MAN FOUND THE FIX FOR YOUR STUCK KEY!!!!!
Grumpy CFB Tx wrote:
I have the same promble but I found out that there's a cap under the steer column. If you find it pop it off, now for the fun part look under the steer coumn in to the hole and try to find a white BUTTON WITH A SPRING.(OR WHATEVER THE COLOR MIGHT BE)
Try pushing the white BUTTON WITH THE SPRING (OR WHATEVER THE COLOR MIGHT BE)and your key should come right out. Now my other promble is trying to find out what it is called, yes I tryed Ignition switch, ect. but no go well hope this helps you to get your keys out of the ignition.
PS.Chevy wants there $$!! You have your voltage reader on your dash reader, if its under 12volts I may understand, but when I start or turn it off my truck it's 14volt or 13volt BUT NOT ALL OUR PROMBLES ARE THE SAME!!
I just wanted to say you are my new hero. I have been fighting this problem since a few months after I got my used 2007 Equinox in 2011. 3 YEARS of waiting for the key to pop out almost every time I started the ignition. Sometimes it would take 20 seconds, sometimes hours. The battery would die if I had to leave it (such as needing to go in to work) while it was stuck and on about 15 separate occasions I had to beg for a jump from friends, family, or strangers. I have had it worked on at least 2 separate times by professional mechanics, had the ignition cylinder replaced, and had multiple people try to help me figure it out, and this is the first and only "solution" I have found after years of searching for answers. I am stuck with the car for now, but I can guarantee, I will NEVER be buying this or any other vehicle again without thoroughly researching known complaints. And as for Chevrolet, thanks to this malfunction and the fact there is no recall, I will NOT be buying another of their vehicles just to have a factory lemon they refuse to fix. Thank you again Grumpy for at least giving me a way I can drive the car safely until I can replace it. You're a god among men.

The button is slightly hard to get to, and a pain with smaller hands, but if you are having the problem I have been, it's SUPER simple to do and so far 100% effective. Good luck, people.
marty

Houston, TX

#99 Sep 9, 2014
My 05 had same problem. Now the key comes right out even while driving
chevyowner14

Temecula, CA

#100 Sep 11, 2014
Lorraine wrote:
Are there enough people with an Equinox 2007 who are interested infixing a class action suit to get this resolved by GM?
Did you OR anyone else ever get this problem fixed? I have an 07 equinox and yesterday the display for my radio went out and all the sounds stopped working (door, blinker, etc). Is there any resolution for this??

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