With my ignition turned on, even with the engine is running, I can reach
over and pull my keys from the ignition without moving to the off/lock
position. If the engine is off but the ignition is not in the locked
position, I can even fire it up without the key. Is this a common Chev
thing? I need to be careful that my ignition is fully in the off position
before I leave my Jimmy or else someone could simply hop in and drive
My Jimmy has this little phenomena, but my GTA does not (probably due to the
VATS, the little "chip" built into the ignition key).
I know it's not normal, but is it common? My brother said his old Monte
Carlo (80s model) used to do this, as well as his buddy's car back in high
school, and a friend of mine said he knows of two other Chevs with the same
nuance. I'm not too worried about it, I was just wondering how many others
have had the same issue.
Usually when this has ahppened to me a new key will solve the problem
for awhile. The key AND the lock are worn. When you replace one or
the other you are only 1/2 way back to a like-new condition. This is
a VERY COMMON condition with an older Chevy/GM
Not common but does happen with a few cars and trucks.
It has to do with wear both on the key and the pins in the lock itself.
If you have a spare key that you do not use often try that one instead
it might still pull out but not as easily.
Best advice, change lock.
"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom.
Don't ever count on having both at once"
My 88 S-10 has done it for 9 years or so. Haven't bothered to do anything
about it, and it's handy when I run into a store in the winter -- I can lock
it and leave it running with the same set of keys! My 75 Impala also had
this same issue, so I don' t think it is all that uncommon.
If you own a G M and it doesn't do it just start it up grab the key ring and
give it a good yank to pull the key out and it will. It's normal. Just check
when you turn it to off without the key that it is locked. Sometimes they
will start without the key. If it does have the little chip that's another
story I know nothing about. Only it costs a lot to fix. So just check to
make sure it's locked when the key is out. It's better than the ford I had
when the whole cylinder fell out in my hand.
It seems that it is quite common. I have had many chevs over the last few
years and come to think of it the only one that didn't come out was a 95
camaro. I have even replaced an ignition on a 77 cheyenne and it came out
with the motor running.
My 91 S15 Jimmy does it, my 89 S15 was doing it, my 78 C10 was doing it,
my 86 Pontiac 6000 was doing it, as well as my 79 Pontiac grand prix.
I'm sure my 95 and 96 K1500 would have done it if I would have kept them
long enough ;-)
As you see, NEVER had anything else than GM :-)
Yeah, not just Chevy's. I had a 74 Toyota Celica that I used a flat-head
screw driver to start. Only needed the key for the door. Actually, the
lock in the doors were changed and the key didn't even match the one for
the ignition. That screw driver really came in handy; start the car, fix
the choke on the carb.... But hey.. the thing looked like a mini Camaro
so it kinda fits with Chevy, right? :)
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