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Ignition not releasing key promptly

We just purchased a 1999 volvo s 70 runs like a champ but when we park the ignition is not releasing the key promptly. Sometimes we have to leave the key in the ignition and set the alarm and when we come back from the errand it will release the key. So I am sure there is nothing in the shifter causing this since it will release it after sitting for a little while.

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  • dmw92530 Feb 27, 2009

    It worked like a charm the next day we went out and took it apart it onlyu took 10 minutes. Thanks for the help it was greatly appreciated now we don't have to leave the key in the car anymore.

  • penny2269 Mar 24, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 1999 s70. It the shifter button would stick and not let the key come out. It broke yesterday and i'm looking for a new part online and that is how I came across this site. Sounds as if this is a common problem




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First thing to do when it does it next is to wiggle the gear shift knob button out. The tend to break apart at the hinge and stick, this causes the key to not release. Use two fingers and wiggle the button while pushing it out and see if it releases.

If it doesn't the mechanism one the gear shifter itself most likely has coke/coffee on it and is sticking. It is mounted right under the cup holders.

you can try to clean it by removing the center console, but I would take it to a garage to do it. The center console has to be removed and the mechanism that does into the shifter has to be removed and cleaned with contact cleaner. It then has to be re-greased and reinstalled.

I hope this helps

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

  • Mark Jones Feb 28, 2009

    Great news, I'm glad I could help.




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