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Old 17 Aug 2011, 02:08 pm
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Question Ignition switch or motor mount?

I have an '05 Touring non-turbo

Sometimes when I put the transmission into park, I can't turn the ignition switch and remove the key. In order to get the key out, I have to Move the shift lever out of park and then back to park. I have noticed that the problem doesn't occur when I back into the driveway.

When the dealer performed the last oil change, they said that the engine mount was broken. I'm not sure that the ignition is defective or the relay on the shifter, either.

I'm wondering if the replacing the engine mount will solve the problem? Any thoughts?

Hillbilly Harry
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Old 20 Aug 2011, 07:19 pm
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Default Re: Ignition switch or motor mount?

Harry, the mount problem is just a run-of-the-mill PT problem that has nothing do do with your car key/Park problem.

PT's have a kind of switch in the shifter mechanism that tells the ignition when you're in Park. So if you're not in Park, you can't remove the keys from the ignition--so some fool doesn't try to remove the keys when you're going down the highway, etc.

Sometimes this safety switch malfunctions. Worst cases involve not being able to get your keys out--at all. You seem not to have come to this point, yet.

Get the sensor/switch fixed before it gets worse.

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