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97 Celica - Key stuck in accesory position

Once parked, attempted to turn key off but would only turn to accessory position. Can not turn past accessory to take the key out. Rechecked mulitple times to make sure it's in park, noticed that shifter will shift from park through 1st gear without depressing button on the side of the shifter. Also, once the battery has died from being left in the accessory position, the key can easily be removed. Once charged and run for 20-30 minutes, when turned off duplicates the problem. Sounds like it's with the shifter and not the ignition lock cylinder, but not sure. Need help!

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While in park, press shifter firmly even farther above park. Hold shifter and turn key.
The linkage may need adjusting. If this does not help the situation, then the pins inside the ignition are not getting pressed down because key is getting worn. You can try to tap around the ignition lightly with hammer to shake the pins loose.

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