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Key getting stuck in ignition

Wondering if someone has ever had this problem....my car key gets stuck in the ignition because the gear shift is not in park all the way. When parking, I have to make sure I hear a "click" sound from the gear shift so I know it's in park all the way and my key will come out...anyone have any advice on how to fix this????

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  • Sean Foley May 11, 2010

    The key is not supposed to be able to come out of the ignition when the vehicle is not in park. Is this what you're trying to get at? The only way to take the key out of the ignition when the vehicle is in park is to "break" the steering column.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    lube the park interlock linkage

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    it's more a safety feature ... the linkage under the car could be adjusted tho

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This has been know to happen with age and after a good dousing with coffee or soda. Access to the switch is relatively simple by removing the console trim cover.

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