Expiring Today—Celebrate National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17


key won't come out right away

Posted on 2016-08-17
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2016-08-18
I have a 1998 buick regal and the key will not come out of the ignition right away.  I have to keep the key forward and I wait for about 20 seconds and then I hear a click sound and I can take the key out. Sometimes this click does not happen right away.  I had to wait 5 minutes one time and other times it comes out immediatley.  I have sprayed some graphite in the ignition and this made it worse so I have to blow it out with a can of air.  Maybe it has something to do with the anti theft thing.  Any ideas for remedying this?
Question by:mkramer777
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 97

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 41759380
Any ideas for remedying this?  Yes. The car is near 20 years old, and the key and inside mechanism has worn causing the issue you see. You need to replace the ignition key mechanism and the key.

You can try cutting a new key, but in my experience, this will not work well.

Author Comment

ID: 41759391
Can you explain the click I hear and every time I hear this the key comes out just fine?  Happens every time if I just wait.
LVL 97

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 41759403
Given all the wear, I assume the click was the inside of the key mechanism finally unlocking.
Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

LVL 26

Accepted Solution

akahan earned 2000 total points
ID: 41760539
I think the steering column lock is likely binding (sticky with age).

When you have this issue, can you prompt the "click" to happen, and the key to be released, by jiggling the steering wheel back and forth?

If so, you can either live with the problem (as long as you're willing to jiggle the steering wheel to solve it each time), or you can replace the lock cylinder.
LVL 97

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 41760926
Sticking key is what I told you in the first post here.

Author Comment

ID: 41760971
I tried the idea of turning the steering wheel to force the click sound and it worked.

Featured Post

New benefit for Premium Members - Upgrade now!

Ready to get started with anonymous questions today? It's easy! Learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Comparing Two Hi-Tech Remote Security Systems When looking at automotive security systems, I was quite intrigued with how far they have progessed. More like a PDA type applications, these newer and top end systems have remote displays to advise o…
This article was published in 2011 before the proliferation of "free" navigation apps for the iPhone. I have added some edits at the end of this article with some more recent information that applies to newer models of the iPhone. I have used the…
Have you created a query with information for a calendar? ... and then, abra-cadabra, the calendar is done?! I am going to show you how to make that happen. Visualize your data!  ... really see it To use the code to create a calendar from a q…
We’ve all felt that sense of false security before—locking down external access to a database or component and feeling like we’ve done all we need to do to secure company data. But that feeling is fleeting. Attacks these days can happen in many w…

719 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question