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Ignition key will only come out of ignition sometimes

2002 grand prix w/3.8 lit v6
when we park the car the keys will come out of the ignition probably one out of every 5 times. Other than that no problem just really annoying

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  • Anonymous May 14, 2009

    cant get the shift releASE to even unlock when the key is stuck in the ignition

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Ahh, yes.

As a Grand Prix owner myself, I had the same issue.

The device that allows you to release your key is called a Shift Lock Solenoid. This engages/disengages when you press the release button on your shifter.

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The most common thing for people to do is to slam your shifter into park. Please don't do that. It won't help, and in most cases cause more problems.

To get you by for the time being, you can do one of two things.

Carry a small pointy object to manually release it by removing the small round cover under your steering column. Take your object of choice and push it up into that hole and then turn your key back to get it out of the ignition.

Or, get it fixed.

Another trick when you are unable to get the key out is this,
1. Turn your radio off, and fans etc, so there is no noise.
2. Squeeze your shift release on the console a couple of times; you should hear a click in your column. If nothing happens, turn your key just a touch more towards the on position and continually squeeze the release till you hear the click in your column, then you are able to turn your key back to the lock position and pull out the key.

Hope this helps.

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