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Old 03-01-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default Ignition Switch Issue....

Interesting thing happened to me a couple of days ago.....while my RL was running....I tried to take something off the key chain and with out any pulling or tugging...the key just slid right out of the ignition...and she is STILL running! Now, I know it didn't always do that because 2 months ago I forgot to put it in park when I turned her off and the key wouldn't come out and that is when I realized I hadn't put it in park. So....what does this mean? Is it a sign that my ignition switch needs to be changed? Or can I keep running her like this with no ill effects? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-01-2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ignition Switch Issue....

Its been said that heavily laden key chains may wear out the lock cylinder and to have the car keys completely separate from all other keys.

The ignition switch is separate from the lock cylinder. Either the lock cylinder is worn out or the key is. If you are using a well worn key try the spare and see if you can pull it out with the ignition switch in the ON position. A worn key should be replaced with a dealer made OEM key based on your VIN. A good spare key that pulls out would mean the lock cylinder is worn out.

You can leave this as is but it would be better to fix what's wrong.

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Old 03-01-2013, 06:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: Ignition Switch Issue....

For security aspect, it is also good to have the other keys (house, office, etch...) on a different key ring. If someone gets your car keys, then they don't have the rest of them. Also, when the car goes to the mechanics, all they will have is the car keys and not your house.

I was told this a good many years ago by the OSI as part of a local security briefing.

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Old 03-01-2013, 09:58 PM   #4
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Default Re: Ignition Switch Issue....

Okay then the cylinder lock then....I do not have a spare key to test the theory of key or lock being worn....If my warranty covers it then I may fix it, if not I will leave as is if it can't get so bad that the key won't turn in the cylinder lock at all. My keys are not heavy and I can separate my car keys from house keys in one click, so I will do that from now on before starting it....OR start the car then pull the key out so there is no need to lighten the keys! lol.

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Old 03-04-2013, 09:27 AM   #5
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My grandfather was big on that. ONLY the car keys and nothing else. If you carried a bunch of keys, your car keys better not be with them, or he'd say something about it.

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Okay then the cylinder lock then....I do not have a spare key to test the theory of key or lock being worn....If my warranty covers it then I may fix it, if not I will leave as is if it can't get so bad that the key won't turn in the cylinder lock at all. My keys are not heavy and I can separate my car keys from house keys in one click, so I will do that from now on before starting it....OR start the car then pull the key out so there is no need to lighten the keys! lol.
Keys and ignition switches are not warranty items. New maybe if this occurred during new car ownership.

I hope you are joking with the last sentence...........here in the Big Apple, women have parked their car/suv with baby in back, left the engine running to run into a store for something and came out to find their ride gone in an instant. The thief finds out about baby soon enough and mercifully (if you can accept this for the moment) stops off somewhere and leaves the baby on a corner for passersby. This makes the news and seems to occur a few times now with regularity until moms figure out the ignorance on their part. All part of the NYC experience....................

It might be better to have GM make a new key based on your car's VIN for an accurate OEM key. Then you can see if the new key won't slip out with the ignition switch ON. And you'll have a spare key.

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Old 03-27-2013, 02:52 PM   #7
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Keys and ignition switches are not warranty items. New maybe if this occurred during new car ownership.

I hope you are joking with the last sentence...........here in the Big Apple, women have parked their car/suv with baby in back, left the engine running to run into a store for something and came out to find their ride gone in an instant. The thief finds out about baby soon enough and mercifully (if you can accept this for the moment) stops off somewhere and leaves the baby on a corner for passersby. This makes the news and seems to occur a few times now with regularity until moms figure out the ignorance on their part. All part of the NYC experience....................

It might be better to have GM make a new key based on your car's VIN for an accurate OEM key. Then you can see if the new key won't slip out with the ignition switch ON. And you'll have a spare key.
My warranty is not a normal warranty ;-). I am calling them today to double check and see if it's covered because sometimes there is a hitch and the key won't turn so I need to get it fixed before the key doesn't turn anymore at all. And I have a remote start in my Saturn the last sentence was half a joke...half not lol.

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