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Key stuck in my ignition

On my wifes car the key is stuck in the ignition. the key will not go into lock and will not come out until the battery is drained or i disconect the battery. It starts in neurtal or park. What is my problem and how can i fix it

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  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009

    My 97' chrysler sebring convertible won't release my car key. I have almost tried everything except spraying wd40 into it, which i dont want to do bcz im scared it will only make matters worse. Yes my car is in park!!! im to scared to jiggle the key too much for fear of it breaking or bending. I have had to disconnect my battery so it doesnt drain it. Please Help!



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I'll bet this is the "key" to getting your key out - - my son's car had the same problem, but he forgot to mention it when we traded cars for the week! Check the button on your shifter - the button you have to squeeze to change gears - - it's probably stuck "in", rather than popping back out as it should. My son has had this problem for 2 years, and I can't believe he put up with it on a daily basis. The button (it's actually a wedge shape" was barely sticking out of the shift knob, so you'd have to use two fingers of both hands to pull it forward (towards the dash) - busts your manicure, for sure. I sprayed it with WD-40 when I got home, it popped out in a flash, and no problem since!

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push key in turn on and off push key in work switch off and on .if dont release you probably going to have to take out the ignition switch. make sure your car is all the way in park.

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is the battery dead? If so then jump the battery. If not then please state if the the key will move, the vehicle will or will not start.

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I have worked on several vehicles with this same problem and each one was a relatively simple repair with no parts involved, first off the shift interlock has nothing to do with it and will not prevent your vehicle from going into park, it is designed to work ONLY when coming out of park. The problem your having depends on the type of shifter handle your vehicle has, if the release lever is on the bottom and you have to push up with your fingers to release it, then the problem is...there is a rubber type cover that surrounds the release button, after time it becomes distorted and bunches up preventing the shifter from fully engaging in the park position (even though it appears the vehicle is going into park)if your careful you can work the rubber cover out and your problem is fixed. If your shifter button is on the side and pressed with your thumb the cable needs to be adjusted, this cables only purpose is to prevent key removal except when in park and is easily adjusted, with the center council removed, if you look at the front of the shifter base you will see 2 cables that snap into the shifter frame, the larger one is the gear selector cable, the smaller one runs up to the steering column and operates the mechanism that prevents key removal, where the cable snaps into the shifter frame is where the adjustment is done and is identical to a kick-down cable used on older vehicles with automatic transmissions, right where it snaps into the frame there will be a button you can press down releasing a spring loaded adjustment arm, make sure you first mark the arm for reference then press down the button and adjust it a little either way until it functions properly, hope this helps and good luck    

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Hope this helps all.... If the key is stuck (won't come out) and the column is NOT locked, one the gear shift there is a plastic sleeve. Put the gear shift in park...slide your hand below the knob and pull that sleeve up! Presto!!! it locks in park and the key comes out. I just put all the stuff i took apart back together... the other solutions may work but this is the first step to check... no tools and you know right away...

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