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Username Post: Silverado ignition is locked!        (Topic#81636)
sillypancake 
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Reg: 11-21-04
11-21-04 01:22 PM - Post#557397    

My kid was playing in my truck (mistake #1) and apparently did something to get the ignition stuck. I can insert the key but the ignition will not turn in either direction. The transmission is stuck in Park and will not move. Dome light and door chimes work when key is inserted. Is this a security function or has my ingition switch been damaged?

 
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Lucky13MN 
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Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-21-04 01:26 PM - Post#557398    
    In response to sillypancake

Have you tried moving the steering wheel left/right while turning the key?
2001 Silverado:
  • S&B Intake
  • Corsa Exhaust
  • Z06 Cam
  • Air Bags
  • HP Tuners
  • A 'few' other things


 
sillypancake 
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Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-21-04 01:33 PM - Post#557399    
    In response to Lucky13MN

Yep, the wheel will move in both directions. It is not locked up like they do sometimes. Is there any risk in disconnecting the battery? Maybe it would reset something (or maybe not)?

 
Lucky13MN 
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Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-21-04 01:41 PM - Post#557400    
    In response to sillypancake

Shouldn't be any risk in doing that... I don't think it would effect the ignition though. Have you tried a different key?

Other than that, it sounds like the ignition is shot.
2001 Silverado:
  • S&B Intake
  • Corsa Exhaust
  • Z06 Cam
  • Air Bags
  • HP Tuners
  • A 'few' other things


 
sillypancake 
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Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-21-04 01:59 PM - Post#557401    
    In response to Lucky13MN

I've tried a second key and same results. I don't see how my one year old could have managed this. Any other feedback is appreciated (other than don't let kid play in your truck).

 
GM-Tech 
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Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-21-04 02:45 PM - Post#557402    
    In response to sillypancake

Quote:

I've tried a second key and same results. I don't see how my one year old could have managed this. Any other feedback is appreciated (other than don't let kid play in your truck).




Kids love to stick things in slots they find in the truck. I can't count the number of Radio/CD players we pull out and they're full of coins. Overhead DVD players too. However, it may be just a coincidence that this happened after he was playing in there.

This is a mechanical problem. There's nothing electrical that can cause this.

Take your key off any keychain and stick it in the ignition. Take your shoe and smack the key into the lock with the heel. We use a hammer, but we tell customers to use their shoe so they don't go overboard. We do this to bring vehicles into the shop that have a locked up cylinder so we don't have to work on it out in the lot. This works about 50% of the time.

Do this several times and you may be able to get the lock to turn. If you do, don't turn it back or it may just lock up again and smacking it may or may not work again.
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sillypancake 
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Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-24-04 04:56 AM - Post#557403    
    In response to GM-Tech

I didn't see the last reponse from GM-Tech before I called the tow truck. The tow driver was an experienced lock-out guy and was able to fix it in the driveway. He said he's seen this in Ford's but rarely in Chevy's. Here's what he did:
Stepped on the brake, reached over the steering column with his left hand and pulled up on the shifter, and then inserted the key and turned it. This freed up the lock and it hasn't locked up since. I'll be keeping a close eye on it for a while, but he said not to get it worked on unless it continues to happen.
Thanks for the help fellas!

 
Lucky13MN 
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Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-24-04 05:23 AM - Post#557404    
    In response to sillypancake

Cool, and thanks for following up here on it... it's nice to see solutions to the posted problems.

I have also posted this on my DIY site gmdiy.info
2001 Silverado:
  • S&B Intake
  • Corsa Exhaust
  • Z06 Cam
  • Air Bags
  • HP Tuners
  • A 'few' other things


 
CaptainK 
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Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-24-04 10:40 AM - Post#557405    
    In response to sillypancake

Glad that it was nothing major!!!! Thanks for the info
'99 Silverado (NBS)


 
AZEsquire 
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Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-26-04 07:38 AM - Post#557406    
    In response to sillypancake

On the last day of a 4-day hunting trip in the middle of nowhwere, my 98 Z71 5.7L ignition cylinder locked up when I went to start to the truck. The key was stuck in the ignition but the ignitition would not budge. I and my 260 pound friend tried EVERYTHING to free it, including hammering, Vise Grip, etc... Had to tow it out to a small town repair shop. Closest dealer would not sell that shop the necessary ignitiion cylinder ("a dealer only item") so I had to tow to a Tucson dealer. And, of course, the required $450 parts and labor were excluded under my warranty. That was the only significant problem in 90,000 miles, but that was enough.
'03 1500 HD 6.0 LT SB/Crew


 
79Chevrolet 
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Reg: 03-11-04
Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-30-04 08:21 AM - Post#557407    
    In response to GM-Tech

Is it a good or bad idea to periodically spray some lube in the ignition lock? If so what would be the best stuff to use. Does the lockup problem get better or worse with age? I have a 2000 Silverado with 66K on it. The ignition acts a little sticky sometime.

 
2004maxx 
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Re: Silverado ignition is locked!
11-30-04 10:19 AM - Post#557408    
    In response to 79Chevrolet

I don't know about the super lube, but I think on the rest of the locks/latches/hinges you're supposed to use SuperLube.

 
usmc wife 
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Reg: 03-11-13
03-11-13 08:06 PM - Post#2325249    
    In response to GM-Tech

I realize this is a post from years ago, but when I Google Silverado ignition stuck this is what came up. Either way I wanted to say thank you because I was so stressed out about my truck being stuck in my yard due to this problem and my husband is deployed right now. I tried all the other tricks, but I pulled out my trusty pink hammer and it worked! I never post on things like this but being a marine wife and mother of 3, it never fails that something happens to the vehicles when hes away. I was so excited that I fixed it on my own! Thanks again!

 
steve v 
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03-13-13 06:57 AM - Post#2325702    
    In response to usmc wife

Glad it worked out for you. It also is nice to bring up these older posts to remind us of the DIY fixes.

 
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