Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder on Chevrolet Aveo

The automatic transmission shifter may fail causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

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Average mileage: 87,115 (25,000–170,000)
7 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2009, 2010
73 people reported this problem
41 people shared problem details
2006 Chevrolet Aveo76,000
Will not shift out of park without key in the shift lock release. Key would only come out of ignition by pushing shifter to the left when in park, but now the key is stuck and will not come out at all. Can not turn the car off completely, but can still drive it.
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2006 Chevrolet Aveo75,000
key become locked in the ACC position will not turn off but am able to start and drive car
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2005 Chevrolet Aveo85,000
car stuck in park, couldn't get key out of ignition. Had to insert key into lock release to shift out of park.
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Key gets stuck in ignition at various times
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2007 Chevrolet Aveo125,000
key won't turn to off position, gear shift lever release won't move, dash instruments won't work
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2006 Chevrolet Aveo90,000
I had the same issue in my 06. I removed shift cover/center console to find a broken spring dangling from the switch that determines position. Found a spare spring a little larger than a pen spring, used long needle-nosed pliers to attach it and viola! It's been working fine for 3 years!
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2006 Chevrolet Aveo71,000
Sometimes the only way to get the key out is to take and push the shifter left into the PARK position. Even though it is all the way up, the shifter doesn't read it's in park, so will not let you take out the key until you push the shifter left.
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2004 Chevrolet Aveo55,000
key stuck in ignition
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2006 Chevrolet Aveo78,000
My key is stuck in the ignition. Can't shut the car completely off so I have to unplug the battery and just leave the key in the ignition
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car stuck in park, couldn't get key out of ignition
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This happened to me a day or so after I had pushed the car off the road. The owners manual said this could happen. Easily fixed by placing the key in the release located on the shifter.
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Gear shift won't come out of park and key stuck in ignition
Same problem, I crashed my car and got it up and running again, but started having trouble with the shifter, not comming out of park, now the key got stuck and still cant move the shift from park, unless I press the alternate shift and then I can drive, but I still cant bring the key out of ACC...
2008 Chevrolet Aveo145,324
Key won't come out of ignition all started when I out in a new headlight switch however found out how to take key out for now fuse under the hood 30 Pink says ignition on the box the one in the back pull out with needle nose pliers and key will come out must put fuse back in however cause car won't start
key will not come out of ignition. need to rotate transmission shift side to side to get key out.
2009 Chevrolet Aveo64,000
hold button flashing will not shift to high gear.
2010 Chevrolet Aveo80,000
it hasn't been fixed yet. it is extremely difficult to insert ignition key into ignition switch..it will not go in until you try about 30 times. It doesn't this everytime I go to crank it.
2010 Chevrolet Aveo58,000
Turn key car wont start put spare key in tried to start again .now mt spare key is stuck
The key gets stuck in the ignition, as well, the brake lights don't work and when the car is put in park it cannot switch gears without the shift lock release.
2006 Chevrolet Aveo130,000
The same thing happened to me
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