Key Stuck in Ignition. Fuse or Bad Part? on 2004 Pontiac Aztek

My key is stuck in the ignition and has been for at least 2 years. The key does not turn all the way back toward me so it doesnt release. I have to plug and unplug the battery when I'm done driving or want to start driving. I've been told by a commercial repair company that it will cost $400. I just dont have that kind of money but I'd like to get it fixed. Could it be a fuse or a bad part that is easy to replace?

by in Columbus, OH on February 22, 2012
2 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by on February 22, 2012
You have to remove the old one then you can try this http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/Locksmart-Ignition-Lock-Cylinder-Keys/2004-Pontiac-Aztek-2WD/_/N-jliaxZ9n85a?itemIdentifier=963711_319620_0_ It is not a fuse that is the problem.
COMMENT by on March 08, 2015
that id not his problem he has a release on the back of the cylinder that does not release like it should it is a pin solinoid that stops working shortly after the car hits 50 k and the new one last a short time it servs no purpus ,, if a 3/ bolt and 2 nuts are adjusted to keep the rod pushed and the plunger pulled the problem is over and the $$$ is less than a dollar ! and a 10 minut fix!
ANSWER by on March 08, 2015
not any thing like that it is easy so easy i had the same thing take a # 20 torx screw driver and remove the screws holding the lower cover on the colum you will find a black stick looking thing sticking out and down from the right side back of the colum , when you carefuly push up your key will operate as it should , now to fix mine I used a 3/8 bolt and 2 nuts I used the hole that is in the lower cover already , I put the cover back on the colum I started the car ,, then rolled the key back to the off position but it does the same thing right .. so take the 3/8 bolt and carefuly push it up thrugh the hole on the bottom and see where it releases the key to go to off take note and remove the cover and put a nut inside and out side(a nut on th etop or inside the cover and a nut on the outside to keep the 3/8 bolt pushing up on the black release stick) make sure you push the bolt in strait so it hits or pushes the rod or stick.. so it goes to the same position and your troubles are over !! some have glued a ball point pen parts to the rod to extend it but you have to push it every time you turn it off ! I just use the bolt and no more problem! hope this helps you