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Starter won't disengage when its cold out and key is stuck in ignition, as soon as I touch the key it starts and keeps trying to start even after I let go of the key

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Is your steering wheel turned far to one side? Sometimes that will jam against the stearing column so hard that the key will be hard to get out.
If so turn the wheel hard to left and try to remove the key at the same time. Repeat this for the right also.
It has worked for me a lot.
Hope this helps.

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There is a spring which may be weakened or broken that retracts the gear. Only a service will fix.

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Ignition relay or fuse could be the problem. When you turn the key to start do you hear a fuel pump kicking on and or do you have spark when you hot wire the starter (I know it's hard to check while trying to start it)? You can email me back and I might be able to pinpoint it more.

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you most likely have a bad key switch cylinder assembly. you can try to spray wd40 solvent into the switch before you have the switch replaced,but sometimes it's a switch replacement that repairs the problem. have you inspected your ignition key to look for damage to the key itself? try a spare key to make sure it's the key,and not the key switch. you can also try turning the key while turning the steering wheel at the same time to get the key to work.sometimes the switch locks when parked in a bind,such as on a hill,or against a curb and so on. try this 1st before you have the ignition switch replaced. AAA auto club,if you're a member covers part of the replacement costs for a replacement switch also. you may have coverage through a cell phone also.one more thing to try, if you have a tilt steering column,try to reposition the steering wheel to see if you can get the key to turn. remember never force it enough to break your key off into the switch! thank you for choosing fixya.com!

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yes is there a little ristor chip in your key is there a secuirty light onif it is then theres something wrong with the switck/key

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I giggled the transmission shifter in park... heard a relay click then was able to remove key.

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