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Key stuck in the ignition

My key is stuck in the ignition, it will not come out no matter what we do! I took to the dealership this morning hoping it was something minor that could be fixed without spending too much money, as I have never had something like this happen before. They said it was something in the shifting column or something like that. Also that it was going to run me about $350.00. Does this sound right? Also you can shift the gears from park to drive or anything else without pressing the brake or pushing the button in. Please help!

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  • gaustin Feb 09, 2009

    I have the exact same problem. The temporary fix is to push the manual button under the ignition switch. You have to pry cover off behind the steering wheel and it is located down and behind were you put the key in. I drilled a hole in my plastic so I can just reach up with a pen and push

    it for now. The shift interlock switch is $95 from the dealer.



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I had the exact same problem several years ago and the dealer kept the vehicle for 2 weeks waiting for parts. Luckily mine happened early enough that it was covered, but I was told there might be a recall on this problem.

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I have had this happen. Turn steering wheel and hold it while taking out key.

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