Ignition Key won't come out???

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by 49er Mike, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. 49er Mike

    49er Mike Guest

    I have a 1997 Outback with 164,000 miles. The ignition key is stuck in the
    switch. The steering wheel won't lock up either (probably why the key won't
    come out!) It shifts into and comes out of PARK fine. Any ideas on the
    cause and the fix?

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
    49er Mike, Apr 14, 2004
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    Voja Guest

    Replace the ignition/horn fuse and check your horn.

    I had a problem with air horn I installed a year ago. Compressor rusted
    as I washed my car before I went on vacation. After I came back I
    started the car and during my ride pressed the horn. Nothing happened
    but since the car was working I figured I'll check the horn latter. When
    I stopped the engine and wanted to pull out the key, it was stuck. I
    went to the service shop and they charged me 'gazillion' dollars for
    something that was as easy as replacing the horn/ignition key lock fuse.
    My bad.

    I have H4 Outback 2002 stw, AT.

    Voja
     
    Voja, Apr 14, 2004
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  3. 49er Mike

    CompUser Guest

    Did you try turning the key to the LOCK position,
    then slightly tugging the wheel left/right, about
    1-1.5" from center, as you pull lightly on the
    key? I've had this happen on my WRX (very
    rarely, like twice in four months) and on all
    kinds of other vehicles, and this always worked.

    OTOH, your lock cylinder may be worn enough that
    it's rotating past where it *should* stop, in the
    LOCK position. Try eyeballing it and see if the
    key is rotating too far...that might do it too.

    Steve
     
    CompUser, Apr 14, 2004
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  4. 49er Mike

    49er Mike Guest

    Voja-

    Thanks for the suggestion...but the fuse is fine and the horn honks. I hope
    I don't have to spend a "gazillion" dollars to find out it is a simple
    problem too!

    Mike
     
    49er Mike, Apr 15, 2004
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  5. 49er Mike

    49er Mike Guest

    Steve-

    You can't even turn the key all of the way to the 'Lock' position. I have
    tried rocking the steering wheel before, during, and after trying to turn
    the key to no avail. Thanks for the suggestion though.

    Mike
     
    49er Mike, Apr 15, 2004
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  6. I had a Ford Contour with this problem... I sold it, swore off Fords
    and bought a Subaru Forester. Don't tell me that Subarus have these
    problems too! Ahhhhhh!

    I don't know if Subaru locks use a similar mechanism as Ford's, but
    this is what worked on my Contour. Here's a picture of a door lock:

    <http://www.gregmiller.net/locks/KwiksetFront.jpg>

    The ignition switch has a part analogous to the part labeled "plug" in
    this picture. It is the part of the switch surrounding the key. In my
    Contour, I can remove the key by simultaneously pushing in the "plug"
    while pulling the key out. The plug is supposed to go in and out, but
    the spring might be worn. The plug on the Contour was large enough for
    me to push it in with my finger and I could remove the key with one
    hand. (Nobody else could manage this trick, so no one else could drive
    my car.) I took a quick look at my Forester and it seems the "plug" is
    smaller on Subarus. You can try pushing it in with a screwdriver and
    pull out the key with the other hand. If this is the problem, you don't
    have to pull very hard.

    Good luck.

    -R.
     
    Richard Chang, Apr 15, 2004
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  7. 49er Mike

    Boyer Guest

    Check all the fuses (inside and under the hood). I had that and it was a
    fuse. If I remember correctly the antenna didn't work as was the door
    buzzer.

    TTYL
     
    Boyer, Apr 15, 2004
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  8. 49er Mike

    Black Cars Guest

    Subject: Ignition Key won't come out???
    Is the ignition on the steering wheel? Sometimes pushing the steering wheel up
    and down can dislodge a key that's stuck in the ignition.

    -

    Girls dig guys who drive black cars.
     
    Black Cars, Apr 15, 2004
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  9. 49er Mike

    49er Mike Guest

    Richard-

    Tried it...thanks but it didn't work.

    Mike
     
    49er Mike, Apr 15, 2004
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  10. 49er Mike

    49er Mike Guest

    I checked all of the fuses under the dash...all were good. I'll look under
    the hood tomorrow.

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
    49er Mike, Apr 15, 2004
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  11. 49er Mike

    49er Mike Guest

    Yes, the switch is in the steering column. I've, pushed, pulled, cussed and
    caressed and nothing has worked yet!

    Thanks,

    Mike

    ps: The car is white but my girl still digs me!
     
    49er Mike, Apr 15, 2004
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    Dan Duncan Guest

    Maybe I'm missing something obvious here, but several people have
    suggested checking a fuse. Why would a fuse keep the ignition
    key from coming out? I don't understand.

    The only time I had a key that wouldn't come out was because a tumbler
    had broken inside the lock cylinder and I had to replace the cylinder.
    Luckily this was before ignitions matched doors so I was used to
    having two keys for the car. (It was also a Ford, as another poster
    here has mentioned... Maybe they used poor quality cylinders for while?)

    -DanD
     
    Dan Duncan, Apr 15, 2004
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  13. 49er Mike

    Voja Guest

    In cars with auto transmission when you put in Park, switch in the
    ignition will unlock the pin that allows key to be released from the
    ignition. The main reason is because drivers sometimes (myself included)
    leave the car in Neutral with parking brake applied in order to do
    something (whatever the reason). Subaru (and I guess the other
    manufacturers are the same) won't let the key out unless you put it in Park.

    Now, the same fuse is for the horn. In my case I didn't know that so I
    had to pay the price and I figured that might be the case with Mike's car.

    Voja
     
    Voja, Apr 15, 2004
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  14. 49er Mike

    Voja Guest

    Now the only thing that I can see, not sure if somebody mentioned
    before, is the last pin in the ignition. It could be broken and won't
    release the key.
    Talk to your local locksmith(s). Friend of mine is a locksmith and he
    thinks it could be the pin.

    Voja
     
    Voja, Apr 15, 2004
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  15. 49er Mike

    Dan Duncan Guest

    Doesn't the automatic keep you from turning the cylinder to the point
    where you can release the key, rather than holding the key in the lock?
    Either way is yet another reason I hate automatics. Yuck.

    -DanD
     
    Dan Duncan, Apr 15, 2004
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  16. 49er Mike

    49er Mike Guest

    Thanks,

    I am going to a locksmith today, but since the key won't even turn to the "Lock" position, I think it is something else. Is there a switch at the shift lever?

    Mike
    Now the only thing that I can see, not sure if somebody mentioned before, is the last pin in the ignition. It could be broken and won't release the key.
    Talk to your local locksmith(s). Friend of mine is a locksmith and he thinks it could be the pin.

    Voja

    49er Mike wrote:

    I checked all of the fuses under the dash...all were good. I'll look under
    the hood tomorrow.

    Thanks,
    Mike
    I have a 1997 Outback with 164,000 miles. The ignition key is stuck in
    the
    switch. The steering wheel won't lock up either (probably why the key
    won't
    come out!) It shifts into and comes out of PARK fine. Any ideas on the
    cause and the fix?

    Thanks,
    Mike



    Check all the fuses (inside and under the hood). I had that and it was a
    fuse. If I remember correctly the antenna didn't work as was the door
    buzzer.

    TTYL
     
    49er Mike, Apr 16, 2004
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  17. 49er Mike

    49er Mike Guest

    Voja-

    It was a fuse! In the fuse box under the hood. It also activates the
    emergency hazard lights on my car. All done for cheap!

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
    49er Mike, Apr 16, 2004
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