Ignition switch

Tiny
TINKLEBEAR
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  • PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
Our son had to leave his 1998 Grand Prix V6 140 thousand miles at his aunts house we went and picked it up for him. We found out that the key will not come out of the ignition Is there a way to get the key out with out removing the ignition switch? As it is now we only have that on key leaving us no way to lock up the car or keep others from taking it We are not familiar with this model if it has a lock button or some sort we were not able to find it
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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 AT 6:20 PM

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Tiny
LSUSSEL
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These cars like all cars have a locking mechinaism that will not let you remove the key unless its fully in park.

Make sure the car is compeltely in park.
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Saturday, April 28th, 2007 AT 11:18 AM
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KEITH.55
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I have found an interesting way to get by this. Under my steering column there is a 1 1/2 X 3/4" popout panel that conceals a manual override for the steering lock! I know it doesn't address the problem but it sure is easy to use. I just put my finger into the hole and depress the pin and AMAZING. The key returns to off and comes out every time. If your year has this, it may work for you. Keith.55
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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 AT 11:10 PM
Tiny
AQUABOGGIE
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I own a Pontiac Grand Prix 1999. I am experiencing a problem with getting my key out of the ignition. Now, I already found the pin under the steering wheel mentioned in another post on this sight that allows you to remove your key from the ignition. Sadly, I have used it so much that it has broken. I know that in this case there is a battery that needs to be changed. Do you know where to find this battery?
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Saturday, May 5th, 2007 AT 2:50 AM
Tiny
MCFERRANCE
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I had the same problem a few months ago and listed it under a 2000 GP. When I changed the actual electrical ignition switch, cost of $100 for the part, all of the problems went away. If you are not able to "override" it anymore by pushing the plunger from under the column, then you may also need to change it which it is called the lock actuator which is most likely a dealer item.
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Monday, May 7th, 2007 AT 2:21 PM

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