Last post on Sep 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Jimmy, Electrical, SUV
May 14, 2009 (11:02 am)
A frequent problem on Blazers and Jimmys is that the inner ignition switch (not the key tumbler) wears out and creates certain issues. The tranny won't shift, the key won't come out, and your first reactions is that you have a transmission problem!
If you put a scanner on the vehicle, it will give you about 10 transmissions codes.
The only thing that is wrong is the switch is shot. You have to pull the airbags, pull the steering wheel, disassembled the column and remove and replace the switch and accompanying harness. Watch out for sharp edges on the tye wraps...I almost bled to death the first time I did one...
The whole job is easy, just follow the right procedure when disabling and removing the airbag, or you could be in for quite a jolt!
May 17, 2009 (2:29 pm)
Hello silverfoxdjr. I have an '02 chevy blazer and the exact same thing happened to me about 3 months ago. I would put my truck in park and the key would not turn all the way back to release it from the ignition. I would have to continually thrust the shifter from neutral to park, neutral to park, about 20 times before it would finally release my key. Well that was a pain! So, I figured out that there was an emergency release button located underneath the steering wheel shaft. There is a little rubber cover covering the hole. Just remove the rubber cover and use an instrument (i.e. screwdriver, pen, pencil) to poke upward in the hole. It will automatically release your key! I didn't have enough money to take it in to a mechanic and have him charge me $50 just to locate the problem and then another $120 to fix it, so I just keep a pen in my glove compartment. Works like a charm! Now if you don't want to have to do that every single time you park your truck than I suggest taking it in and replacing the inner ignition switch. But it's way better than breaking your back trying to shift it in and out with the brake pedal 20 times. Hope this helps.
#7 of 14 Re: Key stuck [hollygee]
Jun 26, 2010 (1:39 pm)
Hi I just bought a2001 blazerand was hoping you can tell me where exzctly this release button is.I can't find it thanks
#8 of 14 Re: Key stuck [hollygee]
Jun 27, 2010 (5:05 pm)
hollygee, Thank you very much for this pointer. I have a 2001 Bravada and this just happened to me yesterday. This forum is the closest that came to the problem. I did what you suggested and it worked like a charm. I was just wondering if you still do this post.....how long you were able to do this. I know it is something that has to be fixed I would just wondering if there is a time line to save up. Again, Thank You!!!!!
#9 of 14 Re: Key stuck [montreealman]
Jun 27, 2010 (5:10 pm)
It isn't a button. There is a plug in a hole about 3 inches under the ignition. The other holes under the colum don't have a plug in them they are screw holes. Pop out the plug and stick the pen in about 1-2 inches and the key should turn and come out. I just found out and did this yesterday and it worked great. I have a 2001 Bravada that it happened to.
Nov 12, 2010 (6:19 am)
The exact same problem happened in my 03' S10 Chevy Blazer. After having the battery go dead once and throwing my truck into neutral/park a million times and having it not work.... I looked for the little switch underneathe the ignition and POOF, came right out.
THIS WAS SO HELPFUL I CANNOT THANK EVERYONE ENOUGH!!!
#11 of 14 Re: key stuck? [silverfoxdjr]
Apr 09, 2012 (6:00 pm)
I have an 03 Trail Blazer that the key is stuck also. It will not let you depress the gear selector button. The dash lights wont light, the blower will not blow, and sometimes the blinkers work. The head lights will not light up manually by the switch. They will come on when the key is turned to the on position. The service 4wd light is on and came on when all this started. Is possible that this could be the ignition switch in this vehicle causing this? Checked all relays & fuses. Seem to be ok. If I pull the ignition fuse #34, under the hood, the lights come on! Been trouble shooting for 2 days now. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Apr 10, 2012 (1:56 am)
Had same problem, could not find problem. Took pair of pliers and turned the ignition to the off making sure notto grip the key. Never had the problem again.
#14 of 14 Re: Key stuck [hollygee]
Sep 21, 2013 (10:44 pm)
My gosh, you just saved my ass!!! I bought '02 jimmy yesterday. key couldn't go into lock position and I still can take key out and it can be started without key too, obviously not good and bad thing that it was draining the battery. I was so frustrated, did everything I could. If I'm lucky it will allow me turn it back to release. I was at the point that I wanted to run away and cry lol. I searched up to this post, went to truck, wow it was THAT easy! made my day!! It work like charm, I want just hug the crap out of you. Thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU!