Ion intermittent ignition switch problem

Discussion in 'Saturn ION' started by James McCreary, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. I have a 2003 Saturn Ion with an intermittent flaky ignition switch.
    Recently I noticed I can sometimes remove the key and the engine would
    keep running, or at other times the lights would stay on after removing
    the key. The door chime also comes on with the key removed at other
    times. Is there some kind of ignition switch defect common to many of
    these cars? Is it just a mechanical problem, or is there an electronic
    ignition module that's going bad? The dealer won't do anything because
    they "can't find anything wrong", ie, the switch works perfectly when I
    take it in to them and they try it.
    James McCreary, Jul 30, 2004
  2. Haven't heard about an ignition switch problem like that on an Ion before..
    that's pretty much what it has to be though.a
    Robert Hancock, Jul 31, 2004
  3. James McCreary

    ELY Guest

    James, I too have a 2003 Saturn Ion and am experiencing problems with the
    ignition. My problem involves the key remaining stuck in the ingition
    after I have turned the car off. Apparently there is a safety feature
    that will not allow you to remove the key from the ignition unless the car
    is in park -- problem is, my car is in park and I still can't get the key
    out of the ignition. I always try to re-park my car and turn my wheels in
    case the position of my wheels is locking up the ignition, but it never
    gets my key out of the ignition. Anyway, I know that my problem is not
    uncommon b/c there is an entire page in my owner's manual explaining what
    to do when you can't get the key out of the ignition. Although I have
    become quite adept at overriding the safety feature when necessarily, I
    would prefer that the problem be taken care of once and for all. I have
    taken my car in to the dealership on three occasions, and am taking it in
    for the fourth time. I've been advised that unless they can duplicate the
    problem while they have my car there, they will not do anything else to fix
    the ignition. All that they have done is replace the ingition housing.
    This is ridiculous. My warranty will expire next year, I'll still be
    having this problem, and it is likely that when I take the car in for this
    ignition problem after the warranty has expired, that is when they will be
    able to "duplicate" the problem and replace the faulty parts, and I'll be
    on the hook for $600 or more. I am very dissatisfied with my Saturn and
    the service provided by Saturn at this time. These Saturns definitely
    have either a manufacturing or design defect with regard to the ignitions.
    ELY, Aug 13, 2004
  4. James McCreary

    Blah Blah Guest

    The problem may not be your tumbler but rather the shifter. What in park
    trips to let the key out?
    Blah Blah, Aug 13, 2004
  5. James McCreary

    ELY Guest

    In order to get my key out of the ignition, I have to pry off a small piece
    of plastic from the steering column, reach up into the steering column with
    a finger, and press a small button to the left while simultaneously turning
    the key in the ignition. Then the key can be removed from the ignition.
    This is precisely how the owner's manual instructs you to deactivate the
    safety device that prevents you from removing the key from the ignition
    when the vehicle is not in park. Apparantly the safety device also
    prevents the key from being removed when the car is in park. Go figure.
    ELY, Aug 13, 2004
  6. James McCreary

    Blah Blah Guest

    You're probably not getting a signal from the Park switch from the
    shifter. If nothing else tape the button down.

    I really need new GM eSI disk... :-(
    Blah Blah, Aug 14, 2004
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