2003 trailblazer key is stuck in ignition

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Brenda

AOL

#1 Jan 16, 2008
my trailblazer will not start- key will turn to start but want turn all the way back off- now key will not come out -no lights -no nothing-could it be battery ?maybe ignition? i have already replaced it 1 time
JEFE

Williston, VT

#2 Jan 17, 2008
hi i have same year same problems, the tumblers in your ignition need to be adjusted or replaced, i have done mine 4 times. do not carry any other keys on you car key chain.
Joey

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Feb 22, 2008
is replacing the tumblers something i could do or is it too involved.
Warren

United States

#4 Feb 26, 2008
If your battery goes dead, the ignition locks the key in ignition switch. You put a new battery in and you'll be able to remove the key
Brenda wrote:
my trailblazer will not start- key will turn to start but want turn all the way back off- now key will not come out -no lights -no nothing-could it be battery ?maybe ignition? i have already replaced it 1 time
Vin Memphis TN

Memphis, TN

#5 May 12, 2008
2003 Trailblazer - I have the exact same problem as Brenda. My key is stuck in the ignition, will turn as if to start but everything is dead. It will not turn all the way to the off position. Doors won't work, horn is dead. I noticed recently that when I pressed the remote lock the audible feedback (horn) was weak.
Does anybody know if it could be the battery?
mark adsit

Grain Valley, MO

#6 May 24, 2008
I've had the same problem, and there's a solenoid in the ignition that needs power to engage so you can turn the key to lock and pull it out. Also check the IGN O, 10 amp fuse under the driver side rear seat should be checked as it powers the ingnition key.
Hatchet

Palos Hills, IL

#7 Jun 11, 2008
need new ignition switch... also u can get the key out but u need to remove part of teh steering colum to get to the button to release...
Richard

Enterprise, AL

#8 Sep 14, 2008
My ignition will not come out either. I had it brought to the mechanics and they said it was the shift locking solenoid. Does that sounds right. The mechanic said it would cost 300.00 to replace and fix. That doesn't sound right though.
Amy

Tulsa, OK

#9 Sep 14, 2008
I am having the same problem..battery has been dead twice, I had it jumped and tested the battery at AutoZone and it was all good. Went to lock up my car this evening and noticed that lights were dim, went out to start it and nothing. Then I couldn't get my key out. What could be draining my battery?
trish_ ky

United States

#10 Oct 1, 2008
just purchased a fleet veh from company. 07 chev trailblazer. had someone look at it for me,it was fine,drove good,whole 9 yds. went to pick it up, put key in ignition,no power,no nothing,key stuck. sounds like the battery? maybe something else, worried i live 4 hrs away, unsure how to get it home?

KTM

Since: Jan 08

Pikeville, TN

#11 Nov 11, 2008
try the battery first, i had mine towed thinking it was ignition problems, ended up with a 250 dollar battery after paying the tow truck and dealership,
rth

Lakeville, MN

#12 Jan 16, 2009
Had the same problem on my '03 EXT. Daughter drove the car today and said the car sounded like the accessories were still running after taking the key out. Checked it tonight and key is stuck and absolutely no power! I plan to jump or replace the battery tomorrow but something caused that car not to shut off the power when we pulled the key out earlier in the day. Note: The check engine light came on a week or so back. That ignition solenoid sounds like a possibility.
Jim

Munster, IN

#13 Feb 12, 2009
Richard wrote:
My ignition will not come out either. I had it brought to the mechanics and they said it was the shift locking solenoid. Does that sounds right. The mechanic said it would cost 300.00 to replace and fix. That doesn't sound right though.
Same problem on our 2002 Blazer, on 02/11/2009.
It was a Dead battery. Hooked up the Charger to
the Battery... lights came on,key came right out.

No other problems as of 02/12/2009.....
Darryl

Calgary, Canada

#14 May 1, 2009
your anti theft system may be enabled. Did you play with the power door locks before starting?
Chuck

Danbury, CT

#15 May 18, 2009
Same problem. It happened after disconnecting the battery to change the fuel filter. Battery checks ok. I'm baffeled.
Chuck

Danbury, CT

#16 May 18, 2009
Darryl wrote:
your anti theft system may be enabled. Did you play with the power door locks before starting?
If you did how would you correct it?
justin far

Houston, TX

#17 Jun 22, 2009
have a 2003 trailblazer and i have a hard time getting the key to come out when i shut off the engine will not go back all the way back to get key out it is stuck in acc mode but after 5 minutes it will go back to off mode. so anyone have any suggestion for what to look for, i'm wondering about the ignition switch does this sound right?
nmdotcom

Alliance, NE

#18 Oct 11, 2009
there should be a button under the steering wheel and you pry off the tiny cap and push a screwdriver on to the button that will look like a brass cylinder...hold the button in and turn the key and it will come out also it has something to do with the sshift release solenoid located on the shifter if this doesnt work try turning car off slam it into 1st and then back to park
jeff

Houston, TX

#19 Nov 11, 2009
i have a 04 trailblazer the button on the side to put it in gear is broke will that cause my key not to come out the ignition
BlackBd

Bronx, NY

#20 Nov 28, 2009
Here is the reply from another person below:
My Check engine light came on tonight, poor acceleration etc... key was stuck as well.

I am gonna clairfy his post below:

Under the ign lock assbly there is a small plastic plug... pop the plug out and stick a small screw driver in...u should imediately feel a spring load button in there. Push up with the screw driver and turn key back, it will come out.

Did that then tried all over again key got stuck pushed in the button with screw driver, work like a charm.

Now 2morrow I will get the ck eng light code diagnosed.

"there should be a button under the steering wheel and you pry off the tiny cap and push a screwdriver on to the button that will look like a brass cylinder...hold the button in and turn the key and it will come out also it has something to do with the sshift release solenoid located on the shifter if this doesnt work try turning car off slam it into 1st and then back to park "

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