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Thread: Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!

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    Re: Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!

    yeah, as I suspected (in post #2) either ecm or battery

    glad you got it fixed and thanks for the follow-up




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    Thanks everyone. Now all I need, is to replace the timing chain. They say it's loose. Yipes!

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    DreDre760 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!

    Hello, My Brother is having the same issue with his 2004 Cadillac CTS, with the key getting stuck inside the ignition to where i got on this forum and searched to find out how to get it out, now the cluster is not lighting up T/C lights up, i can't tell how much gas that I have in the car, Car symbol with the lock pops up. I think its either the Battery or the ECM/PCM, please help!

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    Tlorenzen is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!

    I had this problem a while back. Drove the car a little ways, turned it off then restarted and problem was fixed. In my case, I know its my battery, just don't want to replace it until I have to.

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    Re: Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!

    Quote Originally Posted by dkozloski View Post
    The stuck key is addressed in the owner's manual. There is a hole in the bottom side of the steering column that you can stick something in and release the key. A battery with a bad cell will still start the car but the key will be stuck. What does battery voltage read on the DIC key-on-engine-off?
    Thank you dkosloski.. what a great tip.. found in the owners manual and solved a very tricky problem.. much appreciated.. Joe Cameron, Pittsford, NY

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    Re: Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!


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    jennscts04 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!

    my key is getting stuck quiet often and I have to use the fallback method of pushing the button under the steering column. However when I place the key back in the ignition It doesn't start and my key gets stuck again. I would wait a bit and it would start. Then when that no longer worked I disconnected the battery cable and reset it and that worked for a little while too. Now I am having it ^Jumped Off*to get it started. What could the problem be. One estimate was totaled over 1200.00 dollars.. Is this the normal cost for my car to start?.

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    Kingoftypos is online now Cadillac Owners Master
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    So you had it jump started and it worked...

    Can't imagine what it could be.















    Battery perhaps?

    KOT

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    Re: Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!

    Quote Originally Posted by jennscts04 View Post
    my key is getting stuck quiet often and I have to use the fallback method of pushing the button under the steering column. However when I place the key back in the ignition It doesn't start and my key gets stuck again. I would wait a bit and it would start. Then when that no longer worked I disconnected the battery cable and reset it and that worked for a little while too. Now I am having it ^Jumped Off*to get it started. What could the problem be. One estimate was totaled over 1200.00 dollars.. Is this the normal cost for my car to start?.
    What was getting done for $1200. I suspect you have a battery issue. But, as a professional I would be hesitant to argue with another professional that has seen the car in person and done the testing. Any more details on the $1200 diagnosis?

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