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Christina D

Okatie, SC

#1 Feb 11, 2007
What do I do? My key is stuck in the ignition. It will go into start but it will not go all the way into the lock position, therfore not letting the key out making it stuck. Any suggestions on what to do?
George

Salt Lake City, UT

#2 Mar 2, 2007
I am having the same trouble.
lisa

Alice, TX

#3 Nov 9, 2007
Well, I just got the key out. Seems to be caused by a misplaced cable running to/from the steering column. I read about it in another forum. All that needs to be done is to reach under the dash and move the cable a bit so that it doesn't bind the ignition. The advice in the other forum advised removing the lower steering cover. Not necessary. Whew. I wonder if a repair shop would have told me this?? I doubt it.

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Cheryl

Allentown, PA

#4 Jul 4, 2008
You know, sometimes it just takes a woman's touch! Lisa, you probably saved me $200. My key got stuck last night in my 2003 VW Beetle TDI. We tried repeatedly putting it in park and taking it out, driving it, stopping it again and still the key would not turn all the way back to the OFF position and release. After reading Lisa's post this morning it occurred to me that yesterday I vacuumed the car and may have jostled the cable she referred to. Sure enough, I located three cables - two white-ish ones closer to the gear shift and one "bundle" behind the gas pedal. I gave all three a gentle shake, started the car, drove to the end of the street and back tot he garage and sure enough, when I turned off the ignition it went easily into the lock position and key slid right out!

Cracks me up how what could have been a couple hundred dollars in a mechanics pocket comes down to jiggling the wires. Have really come all that far, with all this great technology??
Paulette

Midlothian, VA

#5 Aug 2, 2008
Thank you guys so much! I had the same problem this morning. My key would not release from the ignition. I called around to local mechanics and made arrangements to have my car serviced. I read the posts above which advised to reach under the dash and move the cable a bit- Whala! Wow, You all saved me $$$$.. thanks again!
Brendan

Portland, ME

#6 Aug 10, 2008
Thank you as well, I had the same problem with my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo and I moved the wires around a bit and it worked. Key came out.
stacy

Temple, TX

#7 Dec 17, 2008
thank you sooooo much lisa.....i was stressing out big time over this!.....my brother in law had the same problem and paid over $200 to get it fixed......
Joseph

Blair, NE

#8 Jan 10, 2009
I've been troubleshooting equipment for 18 years, and I do most of my own car maintenance, so when I came home and my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo had the key stuck in the ignition I was not pleased. I figured it would be $200-$300 for parts and and afternoon of hell playing with the steering column.

This was the 4th page I looked at on-line and I said to my self "Self, I've seen stranger things!", and without looking any further I went out, reached under the dash, wiggled every cable I could find and pulled the key right out.

This page definitely needs to be bumped up on the Google search.

--Joe
--Fort Calhoun, NE
Ohio Mom

Athens, OH

#9 Jan 19, 2009
Joseph wrote:
I've been troubleshooting equipment for 18 years, and I do most of my own car maintenance, so when I came home and my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo had the key stuck in the ignition I was not pleased. I figured it would be $200-$300 for parts and and afternoon of hell playing with the steering column.
This was the 4th page I looked at on-line and I said to my self "Self, I've seen stranger things!", and without looking any further I went out, reached under the dash, wiggled every cable I could find and pulled the key right out.
This page definitely needs to be bumped up on the Google search.
--Joe
--Fort Calhoun, NE
OMG...it actually worked. My daughter has a 96 Sebring and i reached in under the steering wheel-felt two cables bunched together and one by it's self...jiggled both and BAM! out came the keys...next questions...how do I fix it our what affect will "jiggling" do?...THANK YOU
Lanese

Missouri City, TX

#10 Feb 12, 2009
It took me a while, but I got the key out...I had the same problem with my 2001 Rodeo. No $$$ for auto repairs. This single mom thanks you so much.

Lanese
Houston,TX
Alhambra Dad

Canyon Country, CA

#11 Feb 14, 2009
I have a 2002 Isuzu Rodeo LS V6.

Saved me a trip to the mechanic's and a wasted afternoon or two. Reached under the steering column and felt around for anything. Felt a cable and giggled it and pushed it into the ignition. Took less than a minute and worked like a charm. Thanks a million, Lisa!!!
morse13

Sharon, MA

#12 Feb 20, 2009
lisa wrote:
Well, I just got the key out. Seems to be caused by a misplaced cable running to/from the steering column. I read about it in another forum. All that needs to be done is to reach under the dash and move the cable a bit so that it doesn't bind the ignition. The advice in the other forum advised removing the lower steering cover. Not necessary. Whew. I wonder if a repair shop would have told me this?? I doubt it.
Same problem on 02 Dodge Stratus, I couldn't find any cables under the dash but I gave it a few good bangs with my fist and what do you know...

Thanks so much for the help!
KORI

United States

#13 Mar 13, 2009
Exactly the promblem I have, I even had a locksmith pull the ignition, make new keys and replace a couple of broken wafers. He then realized that wasn't the problem and told me it was the cable. So what is the permanent fix to this? new cable? or is there a way to adjust it?
Ron

Denver, CO

#14 Apr 10, 2009
No, a mechanic's shop would not have told you about this because the 2 mechanics working here couldn't get the key out either. I'm the Service Writer and I had to come on here and and read how to do it while they were out test driving another vehicle. The one wanted me to look up parts and labor on a new switch and lock cylinder. Hah! I found that pushing the cable toward the steering wheel while turning the key worked best. I can't wait to rub it in their faces when they get back!!
MD Moms son

Lansing, MI

#15 Apr 12, 2009
this really worked! i googled this problem for my mom, and im glad i did. the shop wanted to charge her 300 AND said he couldn't do it till monday (this happened on a saturday afternoon). as someone said, this really should be at the top of google results.
she also has a 2001 isuzu rodeo.
Thanks everyone!
Ohio Mom wrote:
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OMG...it actually worked. My daughter has a 96 Sebring and i reached in under the steering wheel-felt two cables bunched together and one by it's self...jiggled both and BAM! out came the keys...next questions...how do I fix it our what affect will "jiggling" do?...THANK YOU
Brandon

Littleton, CO

#16 May 9, 2009
A big thanks to everyone - as soon as I had this issue I googled it and up popped this page. I ran right out there and tried wiggling the cable - although that didn't work, I followed it up to the ignition - and there is a spring loaded trigger (there is a small screw at the bottom that holds the "trigger" in place)- I squeezed the trigger and my key popped out. The problem with mine was that the screw was too loose and the trigger wasn't getting squeezed enough to release the ignition lock. The problem is, I could see the screw, but a plastic piece of the steering column was blocking the screw - so I couldn't tighten it.

I had to remove the bottom panel of my dashboard under the steering column and then take all of the screws out of the steering column - this allowed for the plastic pieces to be moved out of the way - then I tightened the screw, tried it again (it worked perfectly - key popped right out). I popped the dashboard back in, put back in the 7 screws and was done - about 15 minutes of trouble shooting. Thanks again guys!!
Becki P

Upper Sandusky, OH

#17 May 17, 2009
Thank You guys for all your information.... My daughters 96 Grand Am did the same thing couldn't get the key out!! Her dad even tried... No cables visiable to wiggle but underneath the stering column was a hole with a button in it and I just pushed it and bam it released the key!!! That was toooooo easy but saved this single mother alot of $$$$$ THANKS
Marion

Tucson, AZ

#18 Jun 14, 2009
Joseph wrote:
I've been troubleshooting equipment for 18 years, and I do most of my own car maintenance, so when I came home and my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo had the key stuck in the ignition I was not pleased. I figured it would be $200-$300 for parts and and afternoon of hell playing with the steering column.
This was the 4th page I looked at on-line and I said to my self "Self, I've seen stranger things!", and without looking any further I went out, reached under the dash, wiggled every cable I could find and pulled the key right out.
This page definitely needs to be bumped up on the Google search.
--Joe
--Fort Calhoun, NE
SWEEET!
Gary HickoryNC

Hickory, NC

#19 Jun 15, 2009
Had the same issue. Just went out, moved the cable over a couple of inches, and presto! Many thanks to whomever posted this originally!
Kevin

Plano, TX

#20 Jun 21, 2009
Well my key is stuck in the ignition as well. Its a 2006 Fusion and I love it, brought it into Ford and they said they would need to keep it for several days.( its out of warranty now ) Anyway, Im so appreciative of this forum, because Im going to try wiggling those wires/cables under the dash. I hope it works. Amazing that these people at these dealerships dont know this stuff. Would save us all alot of time and money, maybe that why they dont tell us. Thanks for the info!!! Happy driving.

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