Keys Stuck in th ignition on 1994 GMC Vandura 2500

The key is stuck in the ignition now. I went to start it up and the key never returned down to the relaxed postion. I couldnt even put the van into gear. The only way to cut it off was by disconnecting the battery cable and the key is still stuck in start postion. I tryed turning the wheel all the way to the left and right still no luck. tryed wiggling til my thumb went raw. Ill be walking til yall answer. thank you.

by in Highland Park, MI on April 04, 2010
1 answer 3 comments
ANSWER by on April 04, 2010
the lock cylinder mechanism has seized. common on older units. take it to a shop and they will change the lock cylinder. not too expensive. we do it for around 150 parts and labor. Roy
COMMENT by on April 04, 2010
Do you have a location in my area?
COMMENT by on April 04, 2010
sorry, in phila. pennsylvania. i am a master tech with pepboys. you should be able to find one out there. good luck Roy
COMMENT by on May 13, 2010
ok so far ive gone to replace the steering wheel column and i can't get the new column in the socket because of all the play in the knuckle. i can start to replace things if i could get that done any tips??? Tryed to widen the knunckle afarid to stress it becausse its cast aluminum right??? Do I need grease or a special tool??