Shifter Button and Ignition Key Stuck on Cobalt LT 4-door
Can anybody help me with this problem on my 2005 Chevy Cobalt (LT 4-door)?
Last night I could not take the ignition key out. It will not turn back to the OFF position. After wiggling it for a bit, it finally got out in the second position, but I realize now that left the electric system turned on and it drained my battery! :-(
That is not the main problem though, because I can ask a neighbor to help me with some jumping cables. After looking a bit more at it this morning, I think I might have found what the problem is, but I need help in figuring out how to fix it w/o having to get the car to service.
I have noticed that the shifter button was loose and that the shifter was able to shift through all the gears without the need of pressing the button. Then after pressing releasing the button a few times (hoping that this will help the key move to the OFF position), now the shifter got stuck in the park position. I bet the cause for this problem is the same cause for the ignition key being stuck as well: I would guess probably some type of pin that gets switched by shifter button got loose.
I cannot figure out how to get to that area. How can I remove all the covering around the shifter so I can take a look inside and see what's wrong?
I would appreciate any advice anybody could give me!!! Or even better if anybody knows some URL/link to some YouTube video showing that it would be great.