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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-24-2010, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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HELP I CAN'T GET MY KEY OUT!

Hey, Im new here so bare with me as I explain this problem from the beginning. I have a 2008 FWD Acadia. It all started when i noticed that sometimes I could shift my transmission out of and back into park and through all the gears without the key in the ignition. At first I thought it was just me...or a glitch. Many times after that i tried and like it should've with out the key in the ignition I couldn't just simply shift it out of park. Over the course of a week or so, i noticed more and more that something was wrong....when in drive i could just shut off the vehicle and remove the key, or reverese....any position other than park. One day when i got home I couldnt remove the key. The car was in park, off...nothing should have been stopping me from removing the key. Towed it to the dealer...they said it was a fuse? Couple days later...the same problems crop up again....being able to just shift outta park with no key in the ignition...being in reverse and just shutting it off and it lets me remove the key...then one night BAM-cant get the key out. This time the dealer said it was bc of a solenoid in the transmission shifter column that had "pop" spilled on it. Okay.. so everything seems in working order for a about a month. This morning....guess what...the key is stuck again. Anybody have similar issues or an idea of what is goin on here? I'm thinking about buying the extended warranty bc mine is up in about 1500 miles...or should i just use that money for a downpayment for a new honda?
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Seems like you have two issues here; shifting and the key getting stuck. Are you having any battery issues?

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Well ya kinda, when the key gets stuck not only is it not able to be removed from the ignition, but I cant turn the ignition far enough back to the off position...causing everything to stay on if its not running...so indirectly it causes the battery to die. But to answer the question really, no....i've never had any dead battery type issues or problems starting related to the battery that would cause it to keep the key bc of the theft mechanism, etc...
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Re: HELP I CAN'T GET MY KEY OUT!

had a similar issue with my Audi TT ... it turned out the steering wheel was turned just enough to where the lock made it impossible to turn the car on or take the key out.

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Well ya kinda, when the key gets stuck not only is it not able to be removed from the ignition, but I cant turn the ignition far enough back to the off position...causing everything to stay on if its not running...so indirectly it causes the battery to die. But to answer the question really, no....i've never had any dead battery type issues or problems starting related to the battery that would cause it to keep the key bc of the theft mechanism, etc...
Shot in the dark here... but there's a recall for the shift indicator (certain lambda vehicles). Basically vehicle could indicate wrong gear selection, when/if that should happen - one wouldn't be able to take their key out. Not saying this *is* your particular issue, but maybe your vehicle isn't getting into park despite 'indicator' saying so. Just my $.02

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My acadia was fixed today...and so far it's in working condition. I talked to the technician directly and he said the problem was "The fuse that controls the mechanism responsible for not letting you remove the key from the ignition was blown again." Just like the first time i mentioned. He then continued on "A wire that was part of that circuitry was shorted....causing that fuse to blow....so I replaced the wire and of course the fuse." Now my first reaction is just none at all....I would like to believe him so that i can have the peace of mind that my acadia is repaired. What's your guys' thoughts?
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My acadia was fixed today...and so far it's in working condition. I talked to the technician directly and he said the problem was "The fuse that controls the mechanism responsible for not letting you remove the key from the ignition was blown again." Just like the first time i mentioned. He then continued on "A wire that was part of that circuitry was shorted....causing that fuse to blow....so I replaced the wire and of course the fuse." Now my first reaction is just none at all....I would like to believe him so that i can have the peace of mind that my acadia is repaired. What's your guys' thoughts?
Well it's certainly possible this was happening; maybe some of the wire sheath had worn off enough so that the wire was contacting some metal and poof......there goes the fuse. If this fix holds; then you know you have a good fix. Let us know

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well on a side note--- the manual does have a "Automatic Transmissions Shift Lock Control system Check"
a check that should be performed at LEAST once per year.

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Hey you guys......guess what. Yup I came home about 8 this morning and behold....I can't remove the key again. I took it straight to the dealership and wanted to wait on it, but they said they probably wouldn't get to it so they gave me a rental. I'm gonna have a word with the technician again to see what he says....I'm sure it can't be a wire this time. I'll keep you all updated.
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Re: HELP I CAN'T GET MY KEY OUT!

Had a similar problem on my '98 Grand Am, could not remove the key despite the vehicle being in Park. Apparently a BTSI solenoid stopped working and the vehicle did not know when it was in park, therefore it would not allow the key to be removed.

Under the steering column was a cap (like a battery cover on a remote) with a little button to push which would bypass the lock on the ignition, and let me turn the key. I used this for years and it became second nature when removing the key so much that I would reach under the steering column to do this in other vehicles I drove.

Never bothered to look if there was anything similar int he Acadia, apparently GM had this little bypass switch in a lot of their vehicles of that age.

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