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: 88,069 (25,000–170,000)
7 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2009, 2010
83 people reported this problem
47 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.
2006 Chevrolet Aveo75,000
key become locked in the ACC position will not turn off but am able to start and drive car
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.
2007 Chevrolet Aveo125,000
key won't turn to off position, gear shift lever release won't move, dash instruments won't work
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!
Key gets stuck in ignition at various times
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.
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
2004 Chevrolet Aveo55,000
key stuck in ignition
car stuck in park, couldn't get key out of ignition
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.
2006 Chevrolet Aveo145,234
I have to push the shifter disc and to the left in order to get the key out the ignition
Gear shift won't move
key willnot comeout sh.iter stuck in park position
Same as all the other reports--stuck in park and the key not switching all the way off for removal. Can't get to the shop right away, so two temp solutions: 1) pop that little cover at the top of the shift console and push down with a small screwdriver to get out of park. 2) when I get to destination, do as another poster suggested --pop the hood and take out the Pink/30 ignition fuses long enough to turn the key and remove it. My routine every morning to get to work, church, the grocery store... Sucks, but I don't have options. I understand GM knows this happens, but they only pledged to fix the $5 part for Cobalts, Ions, etc. But not for Aveos... They chose not to fix the wiring harness either, despite knowing the defects.
2006 Chevrolet Aveo160,000
Car is stuck in park and I can't get the key out of the ignition
key was stuck in acc position. no amount of joggling or shifting got it out. four people tried. disconnected battery, tried again to remove key next night. key came right out. reconnected battery, had it checked out, no obvious issues. no further problem with key at this point, that was a month ago.
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
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