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  • lake675 Sep 21, 2008

    the key will turn the car will start but when you turn it off the key will not come out also the steering wheel does not lock

  • lake675 Sep 26, 2008

    problem solved had gear shifter adjusted key came right out



    lake675

  • Lee2fixit May 11, 2010

    Terrific! Glad to hear it.

  • Lee2fixit May 11, 2010

    There's a mechanical interlock that doesn't release the key until the steering lock has been enabled. Sounds like something in that interlock is either jammed or broken. It may be necessary to remove the steering wheel to get at it, so your best best is to take it to a dealer or a good mechanic.

  • Lee2fixit May 11, 2010

    Is this a chronic problem or a one-time event? Will the ignition switch turn, or is everything jammed?

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