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September 5th, 2010, 4:29 PM   #1  
Truck won't turn off/key stuck

I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado. We just got home right now and tried to turn off the truck and they key won't turn! The key is stuck in the on position. My husband had to open up the steering column to use the ignition switch to turn it off, however the battery still has power running to the truck because the key is in the on position. My husband also had to unhook the battery to keep it from draining. Please help! How do we get the key to turn back to the off position?

 
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September 5th, 2010, 6:04 PM   #2  
Posted By: malicen I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado. We just got home right now and tried to turn off the truck and they key won't turn! The key is stuck in the on position. My husband had to open up the steering column to use the ignition switch to turn it off, however the battery still has power running to the truck because the key is in the on position. My husband also had to unhook the battery to keep it from draining. Please help! How do we get the key to turn back to the off position?
i really dont know about this issue because it has not happened to me but my suggestion would be to go with a new ignition.

 
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September 6th, 2010, 9:01 PM   #3  
I have a 1991 Silverado, and I had this same problem some years back. This going to sound silly, but put the vehicle in neutral and try gently rocking it forward and backward a bit. This let mine go once when I first had this problem.

Bottom line is, the ignition is going bad and you need to replace it. I replaced mine, and it has worked fine ever since. Only thing is I miss having the matching door and ignition keys. Dunno if yours just has the one key or not, but mine has separate keys. I guess if you have to replace the ignition too, you'll soon have two keys too weither you did before or not!

Replace it as soon as possible, because even if it unsticks, and works for a while, it IS going to happen again and get worse too. Take this advice from the voice of experience.

 
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September 6th, 2010, 9:51 PM   #4  
my moms voyager had that problem not releasing the key.
you had to rock the steering wheel back and forth a buch of times
while wiggling the key to get the key to release.

Also try the above suggestion about messing with the gear shift lever.

good luck!

 
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April 10th, 2011, 3:20 PM   #5  
Posted By: malicen I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado. We just got home right now and tried to turn off the truck and they key won't turn! The key is stuck in the on position. My husband had to open up the steering column to use the ignition switch to turn it off, however the battery still has power running to the truck because the key is in the on position. My husband also had to unhook the battery to keep it from draining. Please help! How do we get the key to turn back to the off position?
I've just had the same problem with my 1988 Chevy Silverado 2500. In pulling out of my driveway in reverse I sort of noticed the shifting (automatic) was a bit stiff. At the end of the driveway, now in the street, I could not move the shift out of Reverse. Totally stuck. Slightly later it did shift and I moved back into the driveway. Putting it in park, the key would NOT turn to the off position. I waited a while and moved the shift through all gears.
Still, the switch would not turn off. Finally I pulled the fuse from the fusebox for the ignition and disconnected the negative on the battery.
This being Sunday, I've got a day or more to search for a fix. I'm a novice at auto mechanics.
An additonal thought... seems a few weeks ago I noticed the windshield wippers would be slow to turn off. Something tells me this may all be related to the steering column. Ugh!

 
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