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    Ignition switch problems

    Anyone having problems with car just turning off on its own? Turning key off & on again will restore.

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    What year and model do you have?


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    I do not see any technical service bulletins on the ignition switch. When it happens does everything turn off or just the engine? i.e. Does the radio and such stay on and just the engine turns off or does everything turn off?

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    Yeah, there's about 1.6 million Cobalt, G5, Sky, Ion, Soltice, & HHR with this potential problem. Let's hope it isn't going to extend to the Cruze.
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    There was a thread about key problems a few weeks ago and one problem was too much weight on the keyring causing wear in the lock itself. Try your spare key with no weight on it and see if it improves?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie View Post
    There was a thread about key problems a few weeks ago and one problem was too much weight on the keyring causing wear in the lock itself. Try your spare key with no weight on it and see if it improves?
    "GM says a heavy key ring or jarring from rough roads can cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position and shut off the engine and electrical power. That can knock out power-assisted brakes and steering and disable the front air bags. The problem has been linked to 31 crashes and 13 front-seat deaths. In the fatalities, the air bags did not inflate, but the engines did not shut off in all cases, GM said."

    GM Adds 842,000 Vehicles to Ignition Switch Recall - ABC News
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    I've never had that issue. I've also never had anything on the Cruze keys since the key doesn't play nicely with my keychain.
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    Not on the Cruze, but my last car did do strange things like not unlock the shifter, turn on the headlights, blinkers, fan, or radio when my keychain was too heavy. I've since lightened my keychain considerably.
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    This problem is as old as a Hat ! Loose all of those spare keys .. I have 2 keys 1 for the cruzen and 1 for the safe together that is all that you should be rolling with . All of those other keys should be on another chain in yer pocket .. any one see the new locking mechanism of today neat stuff , no more keys , cellphones to lock and unlock every thing now .
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    Never had that problem with my Cruze but older cars where I had a lot of weight on the key ring I ran into ignition switch probs but that was typically not for 4 - 6 years. The Cruze key is much more solid in the steering column other than the one that had it in the dash. To see if it is an switch problem, does the switch move around a lot? IMO. I would think it would be a battery connection/electrical problem b4 the switch.

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