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My key sometimes will not turn off my 2007 Pontiac Torrent when I stop and try to get out. I put the car in park and go to turn the key off but it turns to the first "click" and gets stuck. I have to let it "rest" for a few seconds/minutes I hear clicking sounds and then it will turn all the way off so I can remove the key. What might that be?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Shodi, You may need to look into replacing your ignition switch, the tumblers on the inside of the switch may be failing. Note, if you have a lot of keys and heavy key chain, you can cause your switch to prematurely wear.

Gail Dunn, Owner at Women's Automotive Connection Sorry you are having this frustration. I sounds as if the ignition switch is going bad. You should find a reputable shop and have them diagnose it. It is internal to the steering column and if it is making the clicking noise after a few minutes, it is trying to get in the right position. These are electronic and sometimes hit in the wrong place when they are breaking down. A diagnosis would tell you if you need a new switch, or just some relay that controls it.

Gelina Aquilina, Service Advisor / Mechanic at Ignition lock cylinder maybe...

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