How to Remove a Stuck Key from a Chrysler Sebring Ignition?

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Jackson Garcia asked 6 months ago
Hi, I'm facing a peculiar issue with my 2000 Chrysler Sebring. After leaving the key in the ignition all winter, it's now stuck and won't come out. I've tried charging the battery, ensuring the steering wheel isn't locked, and even used WD-40, but nothing seems to work. The car starts fine, but the key won't budge. Any advice on how to safely remove the key without damaging the ignition would be greatly appreciated!
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 6 months ago
Hi there, Jackson! Your situation sounds quite frustrating, but don't worry, I've got a few tricks up our sleeve that might help. Here's what you can try to fix this:
  1. Check Under the Steering Column: Look for a small square button under the steering column, especially if it's a Chevy or GMC. This button, when pressed, can release the key.
  2. Steering Wheel and Shifter Movement: Sometimes, the steering wheel or shifter being locked can prevent the key from coming out. Gently wiggle them while trying to remove the key.
  3. Jump Start the Battery: A low or dead battery can lock the key in place for security reasons. Putting a jump pack on the battery might help.
  4. Safety Interlocks: Press the brake pedal (and clutch if applicable). Jiggle the shifter and steering wheel while attempting to remove the key.
  5. Try a Different Approach: One slightly unconventional method that you could try is tapping the key deeper with a block of wood or hitting the ignition area with the bottom of a shoe. While these methods can work, they should be used with caution to avoid further damage.
  6. Shifter Issues: Sometimes, the shifter might not be fully engaged in park, preventing key removal. Try moving the shifter back and forth between drive and park.
  7. Consult a Professional: If all else fails, it might be time to call an automobile locksmith. They have the tools and expertise to handle such situations without causing damage.
Remember, these are just suggestions, and it's important to use your judgment and handle your vehicle with care. If you're unsure, professional help is always the best option. Hope that helps! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team