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2000 volvo s40 cannot remove ignition key

Car will start and gear shift releases after shut down cannot remove key
and will not turn to O position to remove

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  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    could not initially get gear shoft into drive. after i did, i drove 15 minutes and now i cannot get the key out of the ignition.

  • Chuck Davis May 02, 2009

    Car started fine drove it, then stopped car shifted into park and turned off ignition but the key will not come out of the lock. I have tried slamming into park and restarting car and trying again. I removed the cover over the shift linkage and it all seemed to move and work fine but the key will not budge. This happened once before a few months ago but the key did come out eventually and we had no problems until now.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    Don't know if it is two separate problems if they are related but or the car won't start and the shifter will not release from Park. With key in ignition and turned to II (second position) the lights on dash come on but engine does not turn over. No cranking. the shifter also is stuck in Park position. Used the shifter override and managed to get shifter out of Park but car still doesn't start. Tried to jump but still did not start. With key in ignition the lights do come on though, both headlamps and lights on dash.

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The swich that you press when you want to change the gear mode("p" to "d" ) remain jam very coomon for an s40 spary silicone spary on it to remove dirt from there

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I went out this morning and sprayed the keyhole the key was stuck in wjtb wd 40 and it slid out easy as pie. I didn't think that would do anything but tried it because of Lironres' post. Thanks

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Check manual shift linkage

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1999 Volvo S40 cannot remove key


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Hope this tick help
Good luck

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