The ignition key turn all the way back, stuck?

Tiny
JOSHUA.BARFIELD21
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  • 2006 CADILLAC CTS
  • 96,000 MILES
I started the car drove it and parked if at home now the gas and temp gauges arent working and the key wont turn all the way back to let go of the key and it keeps draining the battery and the service anti theft keeps popping up on my radio display but the car will start again and drive but wont let me take the key out can you help?
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Friday, September 16th, 2011 AT 2:07 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Check fuses, check body grounds for damage. Also, is the park lock solenoid working properly? In other words, does the vehicle only come out of park if the brake is depressed?
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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 AT 12:06 AM
Tiny
BLAINENGLAND
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Electrical problem
2006 Cadillac CTS 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

The Ignition will not turn completely to off, almost as though the gar is not in park. Although the transmission is in park, either the shifter or ignition does not recognize it.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:21 PM (Merged)
Tiny
FACTORYJACK
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For starters, reference this bulletin. See if it helps.
#07-07-30-032C: Shifter Binds, Ignition Key Sticks, Shift to Park Message Displayed On Driver Information Center (DIC), Dead Battery (Adjust Shift Linkage) - (Jan 8, 2010)

Subject: Shifter Binds, Ignition Key Sticks,"Shift to Park" Message Displayed On Driver Information Center (DIC), Dead Battery (Adjust Shift Linkage)

Models: 2007-2009 Cadillac STS-V, SRX

2007-2010 Cadillac STS

2006-2010 Cadillac CTS Sedan

2009-2010 Cadillac CTS-V

2010 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

Equipped with Automatic Transmission

This bulletin is being revised to add model years. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 07-07-30-032B (Section 07 -- Transmission/Transaxle).

Condition
Some customers may comment on one or more of the following conditions:

" The shifter binds when putting the vehicle into gear or park.

" The ignition key sticks or is hard to remove from the ignition lock cylinder.

" The "Shift to Park" message is constantly displayed on the Driver Information Center (DIC) when the shifter is in the "Park" position.

" A dead battery that follows after parking the vehicle for an extended period of time (less than 24 hours). This vehicle may have been left in accessory mode with the "Shift to Park" message displayed.

" The shifter binds when moving the lever from Drive to Manual mode.

Cause
This condition may be caused by the shift linkage adjustment, a slow Brake Transmission Shift Interlock (BTSI) mechanism or a Park Confirmation micro-switch that is not closed.

Correction
Adjust the automatic shift linkage following the steps below.

Verify the customer's concern.
Position the shift lever into the PARK position.
Check for any stored diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs). If any codes are set, diagnose the DTCs first using SI.
Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in SI.
Adjust the automatic shift control linkage. Refer to Shift Control Linkage Adjustment in SI.
Lower the vehicle.
Tip
If the "Shift to Park" message is displayed, try wiggling or "bumping" the shifter while in the PARK position. If the message goes out, then repeat the adjustment. This is typically an indicator that the shift linkage is biased rearward. If the initial condition was Drive to Tap Mode binding, then the shifter linkage was initially biased forward.

Determine if the condition has been corrected. If the condition still exists, the automatic transmission shift control may need to be replaced. Refer to Automatic Transmission Control Replacement in SI.

Shift Control Linkage Adjustment
Position the shift lever in PARK.
Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle.
Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in the Preface section.


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Loosen the shift control linkage adjustment nut to allow the adjuster to slide freely.
Hold the selector lever on transmission against the rear stop to eliminate any play.
Tighten
Tighten the shift control linkage adjustment nut to 9 N m (80 lb in).

Lower the vehicle.


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Inspect the operation of the starting system with the shift lever in each position. The engine should only crank when the lever is in the PARK or NEUTRAL position.
If the key is stuck or hard to remove from the lock cylinder or there is a high button effort, the linkage may not be adjusted properly. Re-adjust as necessary.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:21 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JOJORINGO
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The dealer says that the adjustment above didnt fix the issue and it needs a new mircoswtich which is part of this assembly, however one much buy the entire assembly and not just the switch?
If you have the switch only part number, as well as the full assembly part so I can find prices elsewhere I appreciate it.
Also, you refer to other chart or links above in the OP and I'd love to have those as well.

Last, they said the seizing calipers require entire brake system replacement. Any chance the issue above is telling the brakes to activate?

In Boca raton area and could use a mechanic recommendation!
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:21 PM (Merged)
Tiny
2CARPROS-ARCHIVES
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Must turn key on and off 3to4 times to start engine, or the engine will die in10 to 20 seconds after running.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:21 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MHPAUTOS
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Check fuel pressure to start with.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:21 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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May be the fuel pump loosing its prime. That would require replacing the pump.

Have the pressure checked when this happens

Roy
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:21 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RICKYSH11
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  • 2005 CADILLAC CTS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
When I put my key in the ignition it gets stuck the car would start and crank but the "service theft system" message on the DIC and when that happens the theft icon shows and so does the Traction control icon, the steering becomes stiff and the DIC won't show information about the fuel and neither will the fuel work. What could be the cause this and how expensive could the cost probably be? I've read that the ECM is going bad and.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:21 PM (Merged)
Tiny
FACTORYJACK
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It could possibly be due to faulty ECM. Does the battery seem healthy, low voltage during crank may cause problems, as well as communication data line fault. It would need some hands on diagnosis to get an accurate idea, and this is going to be your cost variable.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:21 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RICKYSH11
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Thanks, I've been reading info that lead towards the problem being the ECM. The battery is always showing around 13.9- 14.6 voltage on the DIC, although I have experienced problems sometimes when the car wouldn't start on just two occasions.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:21 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RUBYSARAGOSA
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  • 2005 CADILLAC CTS
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 80,000 MILES
My key will not release. Oil and fuel gages will not work. The theft llight and traction control light will not turn off. When the gages dont work the shifter light will not turn on and I do not know what the gear is on. I am a mom carring a baby around. My only ride please help.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:22 PM (Merged)
Tiny
FACTORYJACK
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Without saying you would need to have it checked for fault codes, try disconnecting both battery cables and touching them together for a minute or so. If you can't get them together, use a jumper wire. See if all the symptoms correct. If it resumes the same action, it will need some diagnosis, starting with a diagnostic systems check for fault codes.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:22 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JIGGSJUNCTION
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  • 2004 CADILLAC CTS
Electrical problem
2004 Cadillac CTS V8 Two Wheel Drive 50000 miles

unable to remove key
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:22 PM (Merged)
Tiny
FACTORYJACK
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Does the ignition rotate, car start? What is the security light doing, is it on solid? Try disconnecting both battery cables and touching them together for a minute or so. Restore power and see if functions return to normal.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:22 PM (Merged)
Tiny
HAPPY2009
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  • 2004 CADILLAC CTS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 135,000 MILES
The ignition switch will not release the key when I go to turn the car off, what should I do
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:22 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ERNEST CLARK
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Try putting a little pressur on your gear selector. Push it forwards (Towards park) and remove the key at the same time.

If this works, then you have a bent linkage/bad bushing in the gear selector mechanism.

If it doesn't work, then you possibly have something binding inside the ignition lock that is preventing it from turning completely to the "Off" position.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:22 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ECR504
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  • 2003 CADILLAC CTS
  • 110,000 MILES
Today my cts shut off after I started it then wouldn't start and the anti-theft light is on. Ten minutes later it starts but won't shift out of park and the key won't come out and the anti-theft light remains on the entire time. It has a brand new battery. The brake lights do work. When the car originally wouldn't start we found that the negative battery cable had stripped out and was loose. Would that have caused this snowball effect of different issues. Any suggestions?
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:22 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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At this point I feel confident that is deals with the security system or the shift interlock solenoid. Something triggered it into lock down. It is odd that the neg battery terminal did that to you. Either someone over tightened it or it was left loose. However, that could have been the start of the entire problem.

It could be a battery that has shorted internally. I have seen this before.

Here are to guides to help you test and then replace the battery

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

and

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-car-battery

I have three things for you to try before the shop. First, disconnect the battery (neg terminal) for a couple minutes and then reconnect it to see if the system will reset itself. If that doesn't work, remove the neg terminal again then the pos. Hold them together (away from the battery) for about 30 seconds and then replace and see if that resets it. Finally, turn the key to the run position and let it sit (not running). The security light should go out after about 10 minutes (over riding the security system) and then start it and check if that helps so you can at least drive it to the shop.

Also check the shift lock fuse that could be out as well.

Let me know how things go for you.

Joe
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:22 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ROAFAMILY
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I have the same issue with mines. I will go ahead and do what you recommend jacobandnickolas
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:22 PM (Merged)
Tiny
FLYEYES
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  • 2003 CADILLAC CTS
  • V6
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
I have the sport model of cts. I drive it in sports mode. I have had this issue happen a few times. While driving, the car engine feels like it is maybe trying downshift or slows me for like a sec, then takes me out of sports mode also. Today when it happened the engine light flashed on then off. When it does this the message on the screen displays this. Starting disabled/ remove key, then goes away. Any info on this will be helpful.
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Monday, July 13th, 2020 AT 6:23 PM (Merged)

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