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Re: Key stuck in the ignition
It is on the shifter, remove the cover, and you will see it near the gear at the bottom of the shifter, it is the only thing with a wire going to it on the bottom of the shifter. it is held in with 2 small screws.
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There is a small microswitch on the change lever assembly that has failed. This switch is used by the key interlock system to detect shift lever being put into Park position. The microswitch has not been available in the past as an indivfidual part but must be purchased with the entire change lever assembly.
first thing to try would be to remove car from park to a gear and then put firmly back into park...... then retry, if doin that a few times dont work, you will prob need to replace the ignition cylinder....... make sure it appears gear selector levers parts are all in their place,, visually that is
do not try to put the key in lock. if it will still start, then you will be able to replace the lock cylinder. if you rotate it to lock then you might not get it to turn again. as for the gear selector, there is a release on the shifter. some have a slot to stick a key and push down as you change gears. others you may have to take apart the console, and you will see the release lever.
Three days ago my key was stuck in the ignition on my 2008 Kia Sedona. I could start it. I could shut it off and the key would turn to the acc. position but it wouldn't go to lock so I could pull the key out. I unhooked the battery cable and the key came right out everytime. I called service departments at two different dealerships and they were no help. One dealership told me the switch was in the transmission and he thought they would have to go in deep to fix it. The other one told me it was either in the ignition switch or it was an electrical issue they would have to track down. I guess the last one was kind of right but this is how I fixed it. Just understand my problem might be different than yours. This worked for me and I feel it's worth trying. It wasn't a hard fix once I dug in and found the problem.
I want to say that this is just for "Informational Purposes Only". Even though this should be an easy enough of a fix just understand "I am not responsible for accidents." Use your head and you should be fine.
1. I took the trim cover off around the gear shift. It just pops off but still be careful not to force it or you will break it. No need to unhook the wires once it is off. Just let it hang to the passenger side out of the way.
2. Hook your battery up if it isn't already. This might sound strange to some because normally you unhook your battery before working on a car but you need power to check this problem.
3. (O)Make sure your PARKING BRAKE is set.(O)
4. Locate the key release microswitch under the left side of the black cover plate that has Park, Rev., Neutral, and Drive on it. Between the cover plate that I just mentioned and the interior molded console itself is where I could see the microswitch but only with a flashlight. It's actually mounted under the area where the P, R, N, and D are located on the cover plate so while sitting in the driver seat you will need to bend down with your light and look up under the cover plate. (If you don't see it try this.) Turn your key on and press the brake to release the gear shift button. While looking under the cover plate and pushing the gear shift button repeatedly you can see the parts under the cover plate pushing up on the microswitch.
(Here is where I noticed my problem. When I let go of the gear shift button there is a plastic piece that pushes up on the lever of the microswitch making it close the circuit. The problem was the plastic piece wasn't pushing the metal lever of the switch "far enough" to close it. I fixed it like this.)
5. I reached in with a small long screwdriver and placed the screwdriver under the middle of the metal lever on the microswitch. With another small screwdriver I reached in and pushed in the end of the lever down just slightly. It will bend easily. Make sure to hold pressure up with the first screwdriver against the middle of the metal lever to keep it from bending back at the switch. I was afraid it could break the switch if I hadn't done that. It took a couple of tries not to bend it too much.
6. Try pushing the gear shift button now and release it. If done right the switch should close. I could hear a relay click in the ignition switch when it closed. The key then pulled out everytime like there was no issue.
7. If it worked put the the trim cover back on and I hope you never have any problems with it again.
If it didn't work try engaging the switch with a screw driver and see if you hear the clicking in the ignition. (Make sure your battery is hooked up for this or your wasting your time. I'm just saying.) If it doesn't make a clicking sound or if your key still doesn't remove than it has to be either that this microswitch is faulty, ignition switch or something else completely. At that point hope you have a good service department where you live.
I couldn't find anything anywhere on the web that helped with this issue so I hope this does help someone else who has been in a bind. Good Luck!
while in park, press harder up past park and it will disengage. Otherwise there is a pin on the ignition you can press and remove the entire ignition. You call also lightly tap gently around igniton piece to loose the pins inside that hold the key.
My daughter drives a Suzuki, my solution to her is: while the gear shift lever is in park, lightly put pressure on the gear shift lever, through the park position and while pressing the gear shift towards park light rock left to right while trying to remove the key.
The interlock between the transmission and the ignition switch needs to be adjusted/ repaired or replaced.