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I just purchased a 2007 HHR 2 weeks and yesterday the key kept getting stuck in the ignition! In order to take it out we had to continuously push a button under the steering wheel. Took it to the dealership where we purchased it and they told us it would cost us $403 to fix!! Need a solution in maybe fixing it ourselves at home. What can we do to fix the shifter so that we are able to get the key out of ignition with no problems?

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I had the same problem and once I wiggled the shifter enough to get it out of park then the key stuck in the ignition started.

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There is a recall for this. I had it happen twice to my HHR. Contact your dealer for recall info.

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This is a VERY common problem and there is a campaign though I am not sure it ever made it to full recall. The ultimate answer is to have the ignition switch replaced. In the meantime, you'll need to be able to get that key out. On the bottom side of the steering column there is a one inch square rubber plug that you pry out. You can then use your pointer finger to push the switch in. This will release the lock and let you turn your key to the off position and remove. You may want to leave this plug out as you'll be doing this a lot until it is repaired.

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