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Key stuck in ignition and won't turn to "on" position

Discussion in 'VT - VX Holden Commodore (1997 - 2002)' started by Hungrytoheal, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Hungrytoheal

    Hungrytoheal New Member

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    Hi guys,

    I've been asked to fix someone's VX commodore which has the key stuck in the ignition barrel. They've turned the key one point past the steering lock, but it is now completely stuck - I can't turn it forward to the "ON" position to release the barrel (with the allen key inside the hole), and I can't turn it back to the keyless position to remove the key.

    Things I've tried:
    Shaking and jiggling the key whilst trying to turn it and giving it pushing and pulling forces.
    Giving the key/barrel a love-tap with the hammer.
    Spraying lubricant inside the barrel.

    Anyone have any bright ideas? Will a locksmith be able to fix this for a reasonable price?

    Thanks!
     
  2. danielnitschke

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    Hello,

    You said the key was forcefully pushed past the steering lock? Usually if the steering wheel is in a certain position it will lock the key in. Is the steering still locked? If it is try releasing the tension on it and trying the key again.

    If getting desperate you could try removing the plastic part of the fob until just the metal key is left and using vice grips to gently wiggle the key around to give you a better grip. Try pushing it in then wiggling as well.

    Your last resort would have to be taking apart the steering assembly or replacing the entire lock.
     
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    Yep as daniel said, the key cannot be removed when its in any position other than off. Try turning the steering wheel left to right to 'unload' it whilst trying to turn the key back and forth, jiggle the key in and out also if necessary
     
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    wraith Hand over the dog bikkies

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    Barrel is knackered. Common issue. Good luck removing the key is all I can say. Easiest option is to get a locksmith out to replace the barrel.
     
  5. Hungrytoheal

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Steering lock isn't on. I've tried turning the wheel while wiggling the key. No luck.
     
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    Wraith is on the money then...stuffed barrel
     
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    wraith Hand over the dog bikkies

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    Very common issue on the Holdens. Wife got stuck out at the shops when our barrel played up on our VX. Luckily bit of silicon spray and it was OK. Still got it replaced the next day though.
     
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    Silicon spray you reckon? The other option I’ve heard is graphite powder, from a pencil or whatever, the only thing is the sprays can be static and attract junk & dust. But as you said if you replace it anyway..

    Did it ever play up again, & did you need to get anything recoded?

     
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    Touch wood hasn't needed replacing since. The locksmith rekeyed the barrel to my key. The transponder is actually the metal strip around the key and isn't a part of the barrel itself.
     
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    So recently our air bag light has come on and stays on. Today the wife went out to the car turnt it on, realised the gate weren’t open, so she turnt it back to the reds as the air bag light sounded. She then tried to turn it back on but it doesn’t move. Not off or on, and it won’t come out . It was stuck. So question is do I need a new barrel or is this something to do with a safety mechanism with the air bag ?
     
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    Don't think it would be an airbag issue, more of a coincidence then anything.
    Lock barrel is my guess.

    But get the airbag reset anyway, after you have checked all plugs are plugged in, it's most likely a loose wire (plug) on the seats.
     
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    Hey guys how do I get the ignition barrel out if my keys stuck in it still ?
     
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    You need to get a locksmith as they have the proper gear to do it.there is no need to go to Holden for a new barrel as they can supply an fit an get your key to talk to the car ..so to speak.some locksmiths are mobile.I know as I've done this to my Vt.
     
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    Cheers mate . I live out in the country a small town . More towards Albury but also near Wagga. Locksmith from Albury quoted me $550 but I had a guy come from Wagga for $370. A lot to pay considering my sister paid $250 in Sydney but it had to be done . Thanks for all your help guys , much appreciated
     

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