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I can't consistently get the key out of my 2008 Saturn Vue's ignition.

babytoesbabytoes Member Posts: 2
edited October 2019 in Saturn
I have a 2008 Saturn Vue that I truly love. Over the past month, I have been having difficulty getting the key out of the ignition when I turn the car off. I contacted OnStar, and was told to press hard on the brake, turn the wheel hard to the left and turn the key at the same time. That worked. Once. Sometimes, I can get the key out by restarting the car several times and turning the wheel. Sometimes, it comes out without a problem. Sometimes, I have to relock the doors and the key releases. Sometimes, if I take the car out of park and put it back in, it works. There seems to be no rhyme or reason. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 48,427
    do you have a lot of weight on your key ring? that can lead to cylinder wear. They also had issues with some Chevrolets (cavalier maybe?) that led to lawsuits and recalls. So it is possible you lock is worn enough to be causing the problem. If it is something else in the system (that determines if the car is in park and steering wheel locked before the key can come out) is broken will take a mechanic to figure out.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD, 2023 Maverick hybrid Lariat luxury package.

  • MindStormMindStorm Member Posts: 1
    edited August 2021
    Did you manage to solve the problem with your car?
    Well, this is clearly not cool. Either the key or the lock itself has gone sour on your car. It may also be that something entirely different has gone wrong. I suggest that you start with the most straightforward thing - making a duplicate key and trying how the car door will open with a new key. If this does not work, then you will have to take your car for diagnostics. The car service will be able to determine the cause of this and fix it. At least, I hope so. Of course, if it does not bother you and does not strain you. It would really piss me off. I'm not ready to experience such stress every time because of a stupid lock on the car. Life didn't prepare me for this.
  • babytoesbabytoes Member Posts: 2
    edited August 2021
    MindStorm said:

    Did you manage to solve the problem with your car?

    Nope. I have replaced the key and the lock on the column but I am still having the problem. I really hesitate taking it to a dealer to get the problem fixed, since I can usually get the key out, but it frustrates the heck out of my husband.

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