key stuck in ignition ? on 2001 Pontiac Aztek

Key stuck in ignition.,everything else works. Have to disconnet battery when parked. Have I blown a fuse??

by in Mobile, AL on March 21, 2010
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4 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by , May 03, 2010
There is 2 small holes on column by the ignition, pull the rubber but off it just pushes in. take a pencil and put it in the hole closes to the key. You will feel a something click. when you do it will release your key. the part is called a tiger paw it is a dealer only part it cost $50.
ANSWER by , April 17, 2014
If you remove the cup holders and look closely at the front of the shifter, there is a group of wire there that are always being yanked on every time the car goes into drive, park etc. I had the same problem and simply had to re attach the wire that was severed. I believe that it was just a small purple wire that broke. When re attached you are now able to remove your key and turn your ignition off regularly.
ANSWER by , October 22, 2010
shifter assembly needs to be replaced it happen to me cost $500
COMMENT by , August 02, 2011
Our key got stuck due to a wiring problem in shifter also. There is a fix kit from dealer specifically for this situation. Evidently body control module thinks car is in gear and will not allow tumbler to rotate to off position.
ANSWER by , July 05, 2014
1996 Ford Fusion. 99,000 miles. Key was stuck in ignition. Everything worked, except key could not be removed from ignition. I pushed in silver button on shifter knob with my thumb and quickly slid thumb off button. Snapped button so to speak. I did this 3 times, and was able to remove key. I inserted and removed key several times afterward. It works for now. Not sure if this is permanent fix, but it worked!! Seems like something needs lubrication. Much cheaper than $400-$500 to replace ignition or whatever needs to be replaced. Praise the Lord!