Can't get ignition key out, won't go into lock

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Can't get ignition key out, won't go into lock

Postby JaVeRo » Sat Apr 11, 2015 11:19 am

On my wife's 2003 blazer, she has had an occasional problem with the ignition not going into lock position so she can get the key out. It will start and kill the truck just fine, just doesn't turn all the way back to the lock position. The one time that it happened while I was around, I wiggled the gearshift and the key and ignition switch turned all the way back. I'm 99% sure it is a problem with the mechanism that keeps it in park with the steering wheel locked until the key is turned on.

My question, what does that look like? Will I find it by removing the airbag? removing the steering wheel? Is it lower on the steering column? Is it mechanical or an electric solenoid? I understand what it does, I just don't have a clue how it works.

I have the Haynes manual on this vehicle, it talks about a "ignition lock cylinder control actuator' which leads me to believe it may be a solenoid actuator that would or could be dependent on the park/neutral switch.

Any help would be appreciated. Just need someone to point me in the right direction.

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Re: Can't get ignition key out, won't go into lock

Postby LoneWolf04 » Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:03 am

Does the vehicle have a floor shifter? A lot of times you can take the center console apart and adjust the park interlock cable that goes to the shift column.
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Re: Can't get ignition key out, won't go into lock

Postby JaVeRo » Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:24 pm

It's an automatic with the column shift and push button 4wd just like 98% of the crewcabs.

I did notice that when putting the shift lever in park, the park indicator shows park for just a second and then goes away. The indicator works correctly on all the other gears, it just disappears on park. That problem should be the park/neutral switch on the transmission. I don't see how that would affect the ignition lock unless there is an electric solenoid controlling the lock pin.

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Re: Can't get ignition key out, won't go into lock

Postby Torskdoc » Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:37 pm

If the shift cable between the shifter and the transmission is out of adjustment you can have a "SHORT CABLE" where the transmission is in park, but the lever won't lock up. Or conversely you could have a stretchd cable, and the Shifter will lock but the transmission is between Reverse and park. See if the manual has a procedure for adjusting the shift cable.
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