Question about 2005 Dodge Stratus
You have 2 possible fixes. First, a shot of penetrating oil into the lock assembly is a good start. Try wiggling the key around.This has happened to my car in the past. When the lock starts to get worn, it can sometimes allow the lock cylinder to turn before the key is actually all the way in. When in a hurry, it may have been turned too soon, and when this happens, the tumblers can get stuck and not release the key, even though it can be turned. If the oil did not help, next I suggest a light to medium tap on the key using a light hammer ( or a standard hammer with a light touch...) tap the end of the key and drive the key all the way into the lock assembly. If this is the problem, the key will seat itself all the way into the lock and will probably allow the tumblers to then release the key. If this does not work, disassemble the steering column covers and plan to replace the lock assembly. Most are available in the local parts store....with a new key. Good luck, and always make sure the key is all the way in before turning to avoid this happening in the future.
Posted on Jan 04, 2009
Sometimes if your shifter is not all the way in park, it may act like that. Move your shifter to reverse, neutral, and then make sure it is in park. You may have to play gently with it a bit.....but this may allow you to get the key out......Joe
Posted on Jan 04, 2009
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