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Key won't come out of ignition

When I put my car into park and turn it off, the key won't come out. A car shop said it might be a sensor on my gear shift that isn't working. Is this something I can fix myself? Could it be something as simple as a fuse?

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    My 2000 GMC Jimmy has the same problem I took my SUV to a mechanic who replace the cylinder twice at a cost $350 and the problem was never fixed it still gets stuck. I have to put the car in park and drive several times and listen for a click and then I know the key can be removed it is such a hassel especially when I am in a hurry.

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I had the same problem!! I was told I would probably have to replace the cylinder (even though my key looked brand new and nothing was wrong with it) which would cost anywhere form 150-350 just for parts. But if you look closely, on the column right underneath where the key goes in, there's a small hole. It may have a little piece of plastic there (kind of like the plastic covers that go over where screws are) but remove that. When mine gets stuck, I stick a skinny screwdriver into the hole and it releases my key every time. Bit of a pain, but a lot cheaper!!!!

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I also had this problem, but it worked its way eventually to the point that my gear selector wouldnt move either, and my key was locked between on and off. i called my local mechanisc and he suggested the dealer fro this repair. they replaced the gear shift on the center console.

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There's a sensor in the steering column that gets locked and the truck doesn't register it's in park and key won't release. Just have sensor removed.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010

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SOURCE: 88 ford f150 gear shift lock

A common cause when the gear is on the steering column is a worn out pin. That pin holds the lever to the shift assembly. Try removing the gear shift lever and examine it.

  • If the bushing between the pin and the shift is worn out, replace it.
  • Examine the tip of the the gearshift and replace the shift if it's worn out.
Hope I've helped. If not please feel free to contact me with more details.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011

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SOURCE: ignition/gear shift

sounds like the park interlock cable is sticking.

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

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SOURCE: can't remove key from ignition 2001 gmc jimmy

I dont know how much help this will be, but I'll offer it and let you be the judge.

Ive had this issue before in a different GM vehicle, a Pontiac Grand Prix. The issue turned out to be that the voltage from the battery was low due to corroded terminals. Once that was cleaned up and the voltage restored to normal, the key came out. Come to find out that this was a common issue in that vehicle, voltage goes low, you cant remove the key.

Now, on my vehicle and since yours is a GM product as well I will assume it will hold true for your vehicle too, there is a small hole on the bottom side of the column right in the area of where the ignition key cylinder is. If you have this, you can take a small tool like an allen wrench and push it up in there and that will press on a release mechanism that should allow you to turn the key back to its release position and pull the key out.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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SOURCE: the key is stuck in the ignition of my gm equinox.

It's part of the steering lock mechanism causing the issue. You probably turned everything off while the wheels were off center. Grab your steering wheel and pull it counter-clockwise with some strength and at the same time, try turning your ignition key. It should release.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009

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SOURCE: dead battery

It could be a defective ignition switch as well (it has a disabling circuit) thinking the vehicle is stolen. The dealer has the equipment to see if is throwing a code for that.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011

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