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Old 07-01-2017, 04:32 PM   #1
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Dizzy 2008 Saturn Vue key stuck in ignition

I bought a 2008 Saturn Vue about 6 months ago. Occasionally the key would become stuck in the ignition. It would become stuck on accessory. I could wiggle it or wait a couple of seconds and it would release. But this has started happening more and more often. Sometimes I can pull the key out with no problem. Sometimes I'm sitting in my car for 10 or 15 minutes before it will release the key. This has become incredibly frustrating. I have tried greasing the key, jiggling the steering wheel, ensuring the car is in park, and turning the car off and back on. At first I had thought that any of these were solutions, as sometimes it worked! But now I'm convinced these were just flukes. This also happens with the spare key. Does this mean I need a new ignition cyclinder? Or is there something else I am missing?
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue key stuck in ignition

There is a recall about the GM ignition lock issue, Check
https://my.gm.com/recalls?eVar18=IS_websiteto see if you have a recall on your Vue


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I bought a 2008 Saturn Vue about 6 months ago. Occasionally the key would become stuck in the ignition. It would become stuck on accessory. I could wiggle it or wait a couple of seconds and it would release. But this has started happening more and more often. Sometimes I can pull the key out with no problem. Sometimes I'm sitting in my car for 10 or 15 minutes before it will release the key. This has become incredibly frustrating. I have tried greasing the key, jiggling the steering wheel, ensuring the car is in park, and turning the car off and back on. At first I had thought that any of these were solutions, as sometimes it worked! But now I'm convinced these were just flukes. This also happens with the spare key. Does this mean I need a new ignition cyclinder? Or is there something else I am missing?
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:15 PM   #3
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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue key stuck in ignition

If both keys are worn, they can prevent the lock cylinder from operating. Most here suggest having new keys made by GM since they use Vin for key code info. Worse case scenario is replacing the lock cylinder.
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Old 07-19-2017, 04:19 PM   #4
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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue key stuck in ignition

I had the same problem with my key not being able to remove it from the cylinder lock. My problem was the button on the shifting lever did not fully release. Check to make sure that the button isn't still pressed in.

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Old 08-09-2017, 08:59 AM   #5
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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue key stuck in ignition

I had an 09 Cobalt that had a the key stick in the Run position. I could pull the fuel pump fuse and then disconnect the battery to shut it down. Then hook everything up and turn the key to start, but couldn't go to ACC or Off. Sort of opposite the typical Cablet ignition lock issue.

Dealership that did the (warrantied) repair said the lock cylinder just "fell apart" and locked up. A perk of this failure was that I got an updated lock cylinder several years before the recall hit...
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Old 11-25-2018, 07:25 PM   #6
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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue key stuck in ignition

I futzed with this type of problem for about a year. I have an '07 VUE and found that after inserting the key, I put upward pressure on the key while turning (either starting or turning off), there is no binding and the key pulls right out without any drag. No money spent, just had to change my mindset while turning the key.

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Old 05-13-2020, 03:48 PM   #7
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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue key stuck in ignition

The above recall notice, is for 2002-2004 models Only.

I too just recently had a similar problem. Key stuck in acc, and could not be removed nor would the engine start.

It could be your battery is low.

Charging the battery solved the problem for me. Key was able to be removed, and car was able to start again.

I hope someone finds this helpful.
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Old 05-14-2020, 10:38 PM   #8
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Default Re: 2008 Saturn Vue key stuck in ignition

And if you do get new keys you can easily program them yourself so don’t let them charge for programming.
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