Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, '05 CTS Theft Deterrant System problem? in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Wife called today saying the CTS wouldn't start and she couldn't get the key out of it. I took the ...
Wife called today saying the CTS wouldn't start and she couldn't get the key out of it. I took the spare key and fob and went to see if maybe it would work. Tried locking and unlocking the doors with both fobs, but could never get her key out of the ignition and the car would not start with it in. The radio plays and the windows and locks work. Is there a way to disable the system so I can get the key out? Any ideas what could be the problem? Car is still in shopping center parking lot with key in ignition. I did disconnect the battery in case the radio didn't go off.
On some GM cars that have the key/ignition switch on the steering column, this can happen when the steering wheel is turned and cocked in a mis-aligned position. Try turning the steering wheel (with the ignition off), to see if the key cylinder would release the key.
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Was able to get the key out by removing the plug under the steering column and using a small screwdriver to push the release button. Have tried all the suggestions I've found in this forum like disconnecting the battery, tried jump starting it, disconnected the neutral safety switch, had the battery checked, tried both sets of keys, checked fuses under the hood, and nothing works. When I turn the switch to the "on" position, the doors lock automatically, and the display shows the name we programmed into it, radio works, fan blows, etc, but when trying to start everything goes blank and not even a click from the starter. On the dash, with the key in the "on" position, the T/C light is on and the engine light is on. I can also move the shifter from Park to Drive and back. That's about all the information I have at this point. Looks like I'm going to have to have it towed to the dealership to get it checked out.