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    Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!

    I have an 04 CTS & my key is stuck in accessory mode. My shifter lights are out, as are my brake lights. My speedometor stopped working & I have to keep turning the car on to keep battery charged. Although I fell asleep for a few hours & the 'battery saver active' light was on, It started up. Happened yesterday. I'm in between homes, homeless, & can't afford to fix. Orgs that do help are closed til Monday. Was told its a switch to brakes or shifter switch. Afraid to drive. If it dies, they say if I jump it, I'll blow up the fuse. It 91 degrees & I have my dogs with me. I LOVE my CTS! Had 5 mths. Check engine light has been on, but told, need tune up.

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

    ECM/PCM may have flaked out ... if your battery isn't dead then that's probably the next thing to try

    a bit pricey of a part to just throw at the car in hopes of fixing it but over time we have seen so many weird issues caused by these ECMs flaking out and holding the key is one of the symptoms

    (i think the engineers designed this as a security feature in case someone tries to steal the car it keeps the key in hopes of getting a fingerprint ... at least that's what i think)
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    Re: Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!

    A stuck key is also a symptom of a failing battery.
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    Re: Urgent help! 04 CTS key stuck in ignition!

    Don't think it's a battery if the car starts...

    I had a blown fuse under the back seat cause the key to get stuck, but in my case the car wouldn't start.

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

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

    moved from cust svc

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

    AsiaRedbone, I'm so sorry you experienced this and am very thankful there were knowledgeable forum members online this weekend who saw your message. Have there been any updates on your situation? If ever you need to contact Cadillac Customer Assistance immediately during the weekend and have phone access, our Cadillac Customer Assistance Center is open Saturdays from 8am to 9pm ET, 800-458-8006. (They're open 8am-9pm ET Monday through Friday as well!)

    I double checked your owners manual, and the key release section dkozloski mentioned begins on page 2-23 (along with a diagram).

    "If your vehicle has a dead battery or a battery with low
    voltage, you can still release the ignition lock and
    remove the key. Use the following procedure to release
    the steering column:

    1. Locate the plastic screw head on the underside of
    the plastic cover for the steering column.
    2. Insert a flat, thin object into the slot and turn it until
    the plastic piece detaches from the steering column
    cover.
    3. Insert a narrow, pointed object into the hole in the
    steering column cover and press the spring.
    4. Then, turn the ignition switch to OFF and remove
    the key."


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    Thanks everyone! I couldn't get back here until now, app problem. It was the battery. Once it died, I got a jump & everything reset itself. & the battery is still good. Except.....the brake lights! No brake lights whatsoever!! All three! Cannot afford the price to 'probe' around finding the cause. Could it be brake module? No fuse for brakes. So I'm driving...for months now...without brake lights! All other lights work Help!

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

    Could be brake module, check BAS relay with ignition give it a light tap with a screwdriver head see if it wakes it up, also check 15A BAS fuse both located in left rear fuseblock.

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    Thank you. I'll check it now. In tired of not wanting to drive my car because of brakes lights. So excited, then I remember...& all I do is defensive driving. lbs

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    Thank you. I'll check it now. In tired of not wanting to drive my car because of brakes lights. So excited, then I remember...& all I do is defensive driving. lbs

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    Well...I replaced the bulbs. They were out. My lights worked! Yay! NOT!! Driving along & stopped the car, turned it off. Bam!! Turned back on....DEAD! No instrument lights at all! Won't take charge. Reads 12.5. Can't open trunk,put windows up, or close sunroof . Key stuck in ignition again, at accessory mode. Lights on door work(window, locks)...headlights work..flashers... BRAKE LIGHTS WORK..but no juice..no instrument lights...just dead. Cst covered in tarp & car cover. Storm headed my way. What's wrong with my baby??!!

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

    sounds like the ECM is bad ... just a hunch
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    Turns out to be a bad battery! Caused all those problems...a bad battery.

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

    not uncommon, the battery could read a steady 12v but if it has dead cells as soon as you turn the key it'll drop to nothing, might be enough there to light the dash but as soon as you turn the key to on, its gonna just click and say, that's my key and your not having it back!

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