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2001 Grand Prix GT Shift and Ignition problem

When I turn my car off the key does not turn all the way off. If I jiggle or move the shift button sometimes it clicks and I can turn it off. Also the shift will not go into reverse after it has been started and I step on the brake to disenge it. the button on the underside does not want to push in like it is suppose to. Can you tell me what it is or how much it wil cost to fix. I loved this car but it has been a major problem since I bought It.

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  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    somtimes the key comes out somtimes it dont and getting worst

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    I'm having the same problem. Maybe it's a defect in the vehicle.

  • selliott4569 Apr 11, 2009

    I have the same prob. There is a safety interconnect between the brake pedal, the steering wheel, the ign. sw. and the shifter. I've been told there is a cable between all this and it is a pain to replace. I bought this car in '05 w/ 80,000 miles on it, and I've had nothing but trouble. From front wheel bearings (7 in 40,000 miles), OD out of trans (rebuilt @ 140,000), wipers working whenever they want, to even the window switch panel breaking (replaced it 3 times), not to mention the ABS light and ck eng. lite on most of the time. Can't get enough out of it to sell......Uggggghhhh

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Video I made, its the Shift Lock Solenoid, look in the description for a link of an image of the part, its in the steering column.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYBD4_Bm_8g

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It is in the switch, or you are getting a bad connection in your wires

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Carry a small pointy object to manually release it by removing the small round cover under your steering column. Take your object of choice and push it up into that hole and then turn your key back to get it out of the ignition.

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