My key won't fully turn to "off".

Asked by Apr 01, 2011 at 02:40 PM about the 2004 Chevrolet Impala SS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

There are times when after I park my car and I turn the key to off, it won't fully turn to "off". My key gets stuck between "off" and "acc". My engine turns off but the battery is still on! I don't know what's wrong. I've tried turning the wheel, it worked once but never again. I put the car in neutral, didn't work. I bought a new key, thinking that maybe my old key was too old and jagged on the edges but that didn't help either. It's gotten to the point where I have to disconnect my battery. My ignition is on the dashboard (if that helps).

Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong???

5 Answers


put some lockeze in the spot where the key gos in, spray it good and keep a rag under the steering colum. If that dos'nt work you will have to replace the lock cylinder

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I had a similar problem with my old '96 Grand Am (may it be crushed into bits). Took it to the dealer and they said it was a solenoid (spelling? I'm a mechanical moron, but I remember what they said it was ant that it was not a cheap fix) causing the problem.

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Did you ever find out what was wrong with your car? I'm having the same issues.

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3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Yes, this is a very common problem. The lock cylinder wears out, and needs to be replaced. Very annoying, I have had 3 of my own with this issue, as well as close to 50 customers in the last couple years

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