We continue our series of articles on what can get stuck on your car. After discovering why your fuel flap or hood could get stuck, in this article we’ll take a look at why the key is stuck in your GMC Savana ignition . Specially irritating, having a stuck ignition cylinder will prevent you from starting and therefore from using your car. We will so do everything we can to help you fix this problem as soon as possible. To do this, first, we will describe to you what the ignition of your car is used for, then in a second time, why the ignition barrel of your GMC Savana is stuck? And, at last, how to unblock the key stuck in your GMC Savana ignition.


What’s the goal of my GMC Savana’s ignition lock?

The ignition lock of your GMC Savana is a secureness element. Its aim is to secure your car from theft tries. It is positioned on the steering column of your car, developed in 1931 by Abram Neiman. Its aim is to prevent your GMC Savana from starting by blocking the steering and the steering lock if it does not recognize your car key. It is closely related to the starter switch which will integrate the key lock and an electric switch. There is a tendency to confuse the starter switch and the neiman, and when we talk about blocked neiman we generally make reference to a key that does not turn or does not turn well in the cylinder of the lock of your car.

Why is the key stuck in your GMC Savana ignition?

Now it’s time to describe to you why the key is stuck in your GMC Savana ignition cylinder . Now that we’ve defined what the ignition is, it’s time to find out why it’s stuck. If it is the steering wheel of your GMC Savana that is blocked, do not think twice to seek advice from our content on this matter. A neiman is not a wearing part that you change regularly but time has an influence on it and it can appear that you have to change it due to regular wear and tear. In this article are the different explanations of a ignition that locks on GMC Savana :

  • Regular wear and tear on the ignition barrel of your GMC Savana : As we stated above, over time, the elements of the neiman can become seized up, or become filled with dust or small particles from the outside that will prevent it from working effectively. In such a case, you should experience difficulty inserting and turning the key before it locks totally.
  • An element of the ignition of your GMC Savana that fails: In the same logic, an element of the neiman can fail. As we described in introduction, when we mention the neiman we tend to include, the cylinder, the lock and the starter switch, if one of these parts is defective, the neiman will not let the key turn in the cylinder of the lock
  • Someone forced too much on the ignition barrel of your GMC Savana: Finally, last opportunity, and it’s more or less rational, if someone forced too much on the neiman in unlocking the steering wheel of your car before, he may have twisted internal components and thus broken the neiman of it.

How do I unlock the key stuck in my GMC Savana ignition barrel?

We now proceed to the solutions available to you for solving a key stuck in your GMC Savana ignition . Depending to the source of your problem the solutions will not be the same, discover them below:

  • Ignition barrel blocked due to a twisted key: If your key is twisted, it is obvious that your neiman will not unblock. Try softly with a mallet to straighten your key, if you can’t do it, use the copy of your key.
  • Ignition cylinder If the neiman of your GMC Savana is clogged due to impurities : Use a WD40 type degreaser and let it work for a short while, it should unblock the neiman of your GMC Savana.
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  • If your key is stuck in your ignition due to a defective element: If finally it is due to an internal element that your ignition lock is no longer unblocked you will unfortunately have to change the whole block (electronic switch, lock cylinder, neiman), we suggest you to go to a specialist who will as well have to give you a new key to start your GMC Savana.


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