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    Key Stuck in Ignition

    I bought a key and programmed it with no problem. Today, I stuck the new key in the ignition to back the car out and now the car won't start and I can't get my key out of the ignition.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    There is a key release hole on the underside of the steering column. It may be protected by a slotted plastic cap. Remove the plastic cap if present and use a pen point to depress the tab while trying to turn the key back to off. That should get the key out.

    Try the other key to see if the vehicle still starts after you get the current one out.

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    Thanks. I located the tab and was able to get the key out. The original key won't start the car either. The theft light goes out, but nothing happens when I try to start it. No clicks, nothing. All the lights are on like it's getting power, but it's been sitting for 2 weeks while we were on vacation, so I'm wondering if the battery is somehow slowly draining. I tried to hook up some jumper cables, but it still wouldn't turn over. I have the battery disconnected now with a battery charger hooked up to it. I'll let it charge for a couple hours and see what happens.

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    Does the check engine light illuminate with the key in the ON position? Any messages on the DIC?

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    possibly a bad ecm... (worst case scenario)

    you sure the battery is not dead?
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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    Open the underhood fuse panel. Near the front is a large connector w/ lots of wires. There's a large purple wire there. Jump that to B+ withe key in run and car should start. Drive it and then erase codes, all should be well.

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    Charged the battery, still won't turn over. No codes, except a "service tire pressure system" that wasn't there before.

    Glake89...I found the large purple wire. What is B+ that I'm supposed to jump it to? Is that another wire on the plug?

    As it is, I have a large, expensive boat anchor parked in my driveway.

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    I don't get a CEL with the key in, but I hooked up my scanner and pulled a U0100 code: Lost comm with ECM PCM A. ???

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    Also, my traction control light is showing "off" and my gas needle doesn't move.

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    B+ would be the battery positive terminal. You have the symptoms of a failed or failing ecm. I had a similar condition with my CTS last week. Your shifter light is probably off, and your oil life and transmission life probably do not register on the DIC anymore either.

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    For future readers/searchers, jumping the purple wire to the positive side of the battery woke the car up, thanks Glake89 for that tip. Once it started, it ran well. I did have to erase 2 codes, the 0100 ECM and a 0700 (tranmission something-or-another). The key came out on its own which is a positive. Ternstes, I have my oil and transmission life back, both reading as appropriate (they didn't reset). I also have my fuel needle reading correctly.

    I'll keep an eye on the computer and will keep a jumper wire and pen in the back just in case it decides to act up again. I may spring for a $100 junkyard ECM just to have it on hand.

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    I may spring for a $100 junkyard ECM just to have it on hand.
    Won't do much good; has to be programmed to the car by a dealer to work.

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    that, plus a salvage yard ECM might just go bad on you in a couple months like this one did
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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    So is this an issue where I have to take it to the dealer to have repaired?

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    Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

    yes and no ... it will have to be programmed by a dealer but you don't need to have them install it (though it is probably a good idea)
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