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Key Gets Stuck In Ignition Won't Release


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
95,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. screwdriver under column to depress lock cylinder tab (1 reports)
1997 Pontiac Grand Prix accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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1997 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 262008

Grand Prix GT 3.8L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles


My low mileage, weekend driver Grand Prix began to have key extraction problems two and a half years ago. It invariably occurs after several times of turning off the ignition. After it starts, it occurs steadily, unless I don't use the car for several hours. I took it to two mechanics and the dear girl decided to not jam up. The second mechanic removed the plastic cover under the steering column and told me to use a screwdriver, inserting it into the hole, to depress the silver tab on the ignition cylinder. You can see this if you lay on your back and look up into the opening. I tried this twice last Sat. when the lock jammed and it released the key. I am very happy to avoid costly repairs and hope this continues to work. i've owned four GM's, but this is a first for me.

- , San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052004

(reported on)

Grand Prix LE

  • 114,000 miles

Key is stuck in ignition it will turn, but will not ignite starter,etc.

- , Conyers, GA, USA

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