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I have 1999 Jimmy. When I turn off the engine, the ignition switch won't turn all the way to lock so I can't pull my key out. Another time I couldn't push the button on the gear shifter (safety lock) to move it out of park and had to have a flatbed towtruck pick it up. They disengaged the safety mechanism so now I don't need to push the button on the gear shifter (floor) to move it out of park. The ignition switch issue happened a few months afterward and if I moved the tilt steering wheel through all it's positions and moved the gear shifter (floor) through all the gears, the switch would eventually turn to lock so I could get the key out. Now it won't turn there at all and they key has been in the ignition for 2 days. It's draining my battery and I have to put it on a charger.

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  • lonnablair Mar 08, 2009

    Thank you. I shall have them hook the cable.

  • tbarnes1 Mar 15, 2009

    key is same took plastic off around collum duct tape manuel release

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    when I put the key into ignition will not start. cannot move the gear sift



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The cable they unhooked is causing this

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