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My key switch will not turn its locked what do i do,i used the car parked it for one hour got back in the steering and tumbler r both locked,never did this before.

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  • shaneny Apr 18, 2009

    same problem. I think it is time to replace switch. I put a nail up a hole under the streeting column to push something and wiggle the streeting wheel, shake the gear shifter, and scream. Now I got the key out and now I can slide it in but cannot turn the switch.

  • pentium22 May 11, 2010

    Switch? What switch are you talking about?



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Try this video and see if it can help you out a bit, I made it a few days ago. 

Also, the part that is failing is the Shift Lock Solenoid, its right under your steering column and its white. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYBD4_Bm_8g



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