Key is stuck in ignition...won't come out! Battery issue?
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najia786
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« on: May 15, 2016, 11:12:25 AM »

Hi everyone! So, I had the radio playing on my Aztek yesterday while I was cleaning my garage. After a few hours it just shut off. When I went to go move my car, the key wouldn't come out and no lights on the dash would come on. Has anyone experienced this before? Bad battery? Starter?
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2016, 10:52:12 AM »

Hi everyone! So, I had the radio playing on my Aztek yesterday while I was cleaning my garage. After a few hours it just shut off. When I went to go move my car, the key wouldn't come out and no lights on the dash would come on. Has anyone experienced this before? Bad battery? Starter?

Hi, sorry to be so slow replying, just saw your post - I had this problem when my battery died, so likely related to something like that. I did find a way in the owner's manual to get the key out, I seem to remember som button that had to be pushed on the steering column. Take a look there if you're still stuck.
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2017, 11:26:01 AM »

This is very late but I thought i would post this link in case anyone googling finds their key stuck in their Aztek's ignition.

http://thenewswheel.com/car-hack-key-stuck-ignition-pontiac-aztek/
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2017, 03:01:31 AM »

Sorry for the late reply (I've been busy!)  but I'll post the solution here because others may run into this problem...

If you look at the bottom steering column cover, there is a hole underneath - it may have a rubber plug in it.

Remove the plug (if there) and stick a pencil or something similar up into the hole and while doing this turn the key to off and remove it.

There is a wire that sometimes breaks that is part of the shifter assembly. Every time the shifter is shifted to the park position the electrical harness to the shifter is stretched and eventually the wire that tells the car that the shifter is in park breaks and then you won't be able to remove the key.  That wire goes to a switch that is part of the shifter and that switch sometimes breaks as well.

To fix it, you can either replace the shifter assembly ($$) or remove the shifter and fix the broken wire (or switch).  It's been a while since I did this, so I can't remember if the switch is repairable.  When you remove the shifter assembly you'll see where the strain point is and that's where you'll find the break.

In the mean time, keep a slim pen, pencil, or stick in your center console and get used to pushing it up through the hole in the bottom steering column cover to release the key.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2017, 05:28:04 PM »

Another thing you could do is tape that assembly up so you can always remove the key.
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