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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Barbara Ann Learned a New Trick in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I can now remove the ignition key with the engine running, and it stays running. Beyond that, the ignition seems ...
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    Barbara Ann Learned a New Trick

    I can now remove the ignition key with the engine running, and it stays running. Beyond that, the ignition seems to work properly; engine turns off as it should, the ignition cylinder won't turn without the key, and the key still works in the cylinder.


    Anybody else have this issue? I'm using the factory original Gold Key, so maybe I should retire it for one of my copies.

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    Re: Barbara Ann Learned a New Trick

    My old 71 Monte Carlo developed that trick in her final years. Wish it had happened sooner, very convenient in Wisconsin winters to warm up the car and be able to take keys with to unlock it!
    If it bothers you switch keys, but it does no harm either way.

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    My mothers boyfriends '64 impala did that.

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    Re: Barbara Ann Learned a New Trick

    My 81 SDV also did that and as others have discovered, it is a very useful feature. I suspect worn tumblers in the lock more than the key itself were at fault. I could also turn the ignition off without replacing the key in the lock.

    Cheers.......R.

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    I agree with everyone else the Maine winters are very cold and being able to lock the my FWB in the parking lot while it's running is pretty useful

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    Re: Barbara Ann Learned a New Trick

    I carry a spare door key on me at all times, so I've never had to worry about the inconvenience of turning off the engine when I make a short trip into a store or the post office.

    But I do have my key ring on a quick release for when I need to move my other car; that's how I found out the ignition key could be pulled out. Being able to just take the key would make that task easier at night.

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    Re: Barbara Ann Learned a New Trick

    This is very common on GM cars as the key wears (as others have experienced). I've had a few Caprices that did it, and my 65 Impala currently has this feature.

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    Re: Barbara Ann Learned a New Trick

    I can certify that that trick remained a GM family tradition at least until 2000 (Saturn SL1)

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    Re: Barbara Ann Learned a New Trick

    My first CDV did this. It's just the ignition tumbler and key wearing over time. It does no harm, and if it doesn't bother you, I'd leave it be.

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    Re: Barbara Ann Learned a New Trick

    The main thing that was concerning me was; if the key is that loose, how long will it be, before the key/tumblers are too worn down to turn the lock cylinder.

    To avoid further damage to the factory original Gold Key, I did swap it for a redundant copy I have, and it seems tighter in the lock. When I compared the two keys, the original doesn't even look like a key any more (it looks more like a key blank), so I don't even know how it was working in the first place.

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