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Can’t remove key from ignition

Diagnose and fix a can’t remove key from ignition issue

GM has issued a service bulletin #14632C to address a can’t remove key from ignition issue on the vehicles listed below. The service bulletin reports that the transmission shifter may not transmit the proper electrical signal to allow the ignition key to be turned counterclockwise to the accessory or lock position after the vehicle has been shifted into park. Once this happens, you can’t remove the key from the ignition without depressing the manual release plunger located on the underside of the steering column.  Worse yet, when the key is left in the accessory position for an extended period of time it discharges the battery, causing a no-start condition.

Vehicles affected by service bulletin #14632C

2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
2007-2010 Pontiac G5
2005-2006 Pontiac G4/Pursuit
2007-2010 Saturn Sky
2003-2007 Saturn Ion Equipped with Automatic Transmission

Fix for can’t remove key from ignition

GM has issued special coverage to fix the problem for free. The coverage lasts for 15-years from the date of manufacture and has no mileage limit. First, the dealer must perform all the diagnostic steps listed in the service manual to eliminate any other causes of the problem. If they find other possible causes that aren’t covered by this special coverage, they may charge you.

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