Grand Prix GTP

Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder on Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The automatic transmission shifter may fail, or a wire may break near the shifter causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 119,112 (65,000–153,000)
8 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
17 people reported this problem
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Key is stuck! I was replacing weatherstripping around the sunroof after finding it in bad shape. I started with cleaning out the drains as my trunk flooded due to a blockage. When all work was done, I could not get my key out!
There is a button under the sterring coluum. Some people use a small philips head or hole punch to push the button in order to release the key. I reach my hand under the lower plastic cover to reach the button. It lasted for a month. The GTP sat for a month and now I have no problem with the key?
Key started getting stuck in the ignition on an intermittent basis after I adjusted height of the steering wheel. It is daily for a while, and then I can go months without it happening. I removed the little access plate on the underside of the column and keep a ballpoint pen handy to pop the key loose when it acts up.
Try removing the key and stuck will not come out, two options either make sure the button under dash is pushed in which will allow the key to remove. or take out instrument panel cover over shifter off and fix wires going into the connector.