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Key stuck in the ignition

How do I find the microswitch on the gear change lever to disengage the key from the ingnition???

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  • yx2852 Sep 29, 2008

    My MPV 2003 has same problem. THe Key stuck at Acc. I can not pull it out from the ignition.

  • rhuxsol Nov 14, 2008

    I had the same problem and had to go to the dealer. Luckily it was under warranty. The new part they put in fixes the problem the original one had. You can also cut the wire if you know which one.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2009

    My key is stuck in the ignition and it keeps draining the battery



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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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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.

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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.

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