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post #1 of 11 Old 06-15-2014, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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ignition lockout?

My '13 LS was vandalized - windshield was smashed and now the steering wheel is absolutely locked in place and the ignition key will not budge. I presume this is part of the anti theft system, but I cannot find anything in my manual about how to reactivate the car so I can take it in for repair. Any help will be appreciated.
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Man that sux ... I wonder if there is anything you can do ... its not one of those apply pressure in one direction or the other things as you turn the key is it? I've had that happen in cars before ... If it is actually a anti-theft thing, it would seem that you might need something special, since otherwise the crooks would just learn what it was and do it themselves.

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I tried to wiggle the key but it is like it is welded in place. I tried locking and unlocking the doors, in gear, out of gear, clutch in clutch out, brake on brake off - nothing. I figured since I have the key, it would let me start and go, but I get nothing. This happened while the car was parked but what would it be like if it had been an accident and I needed to get it off the roadway?
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But as you wiggle the key ... are you trying to turn the steering wheel? I've had the wheel be very tight (not my Camaro) and once I could get some give into the wheel, the ignition finally turned. I tried one way then the other a couple of times. Only thing I can think of. And, of course, in an accident you have a different set of issues ... I watched the State Police push a car off the road with the push bar ... definitely not optimal.

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Talked to the dealer today, they say it is not part of the security system. They recommend raising the front wheels off the ground and trying again to wiggle the steering while wiggling the key. Who knows?
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There are instructions in the manual for removing your key if it gets stuck in the ignition AND IT'S NOT A LOW OR DEAD BATTERY ISSUE. (If it's a battery issue the only thing that will work is jump starting or replacing the battery.) I had to do this once and it worked for me (but there wasn't any vandalism involved)...so it's worth a try:

Remove the plug covering the hole below the ignition lock. Insert a screwdriver into the opening as far as it will go and remove the key from the ignition.
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-16-2014, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Envy but the key is not stuck in the switch - it goes in and out just fine, but it will not turn the switch - it won't even wiggle.
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Thanks Envy but the key is not stuck in the switch - it goes in and out just fine, but it will not turn the switch - it won't even wiggle.
I just heard the all Camaros are being recalled concerning the ignition keys.

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Not sure why, because I have parked in the same spot many times before, but this time it turns out to be that the front wheels were just jammed into the curb - turned them in when I parked because it is on a slight downhill slope (like always). Anyway, dealer service department recommended jacking front wheels off the ground to relieve pressure and as soon as I got both wheels off the ground, the steering wheel freed up and when it freed up so did the ignition switch. Safelite is coming tomorrow to install a new windshield.
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