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Old 09 Sep 2011, 09:40 pm
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Default Key Stuck in Ignition

Just got home, put car in park and key wont come out. Shifter is in park and button is up but when I slide to Rev, Neu, or Drive it stays down and wont lock in to the gear. So if I drive and hit the shifter it will move. I locked the car with the remote but anyone can now break window and drive off. Any suggestions?

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Old 09 Sep 2011, 11:37 pm
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Default Re: Key Stuck in Ignition

Ed, get your shifter fixed and the key will come out of the ignition--easily.

The key locks in the ignition as a failsafe, in case someone tries to remove it while the car in not in Park (in other words, while it's in gear).

In your shift mechanism, there is a switch that tells your ignition when it's in Park. The switch--or some other part of your shift mechanism--is kaput.

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Old 10 Sep 2011, 02:28 am
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ok thanks, I'll take it to my local mechanic in the morning.
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