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Shifter moves freely without key in ignition - 1991 Chevrolet Lumina Apv

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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Molson02536
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I have worked on several vehicles with this same problem and each one was a relatively simple repair with no parts involved, first off the shift interlock has nothing to do with it and will not prevent your vehicle from going into park, it is designed to work ONLY when coming out of park. The problem your having depends on the type of shifter handle your vehicle has, if the release lever is on the bottom and you have to push up with your fingers to release it, then the problem is...there is a rubber type cover that surrounds the release button, after time it becomes distorted and bunches up preventing the shifter from fully engaging in the park position (even though it appears the vehicle is going into park)if your careful you can work the rubber cover out and your problem is fixed. If your shifter button is on the side and pressed with your thumb the cable needs to be adjusted, this cables only purpose is to prevent key removal except when in park and is easily adjusted, with the center council removed, if you look at the front of the shifter base you will see 2 cables that snap into the shifter frame, the larger one is the gear selector cable, the smaller one runs up to the steering column and operates the mechanism that prevents key removal, where the cable snaps into the shifter frame is where the adjustment is done and is identical to a kick-down cable used on older vehicles with automatic transmissions, right where it snaps into the frame there will be a button you can press down releasing a spring loaded adjustment arm, make sure you first mark the arm for reference then press down the button and adjust it a little either way until it functions properly, hope this helps and good luck    

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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SOURCE: key is stuck shiftr doesnt lock in to release it

Does your key turn all the way to where it should be when you usually take it out of the ignition? If not, then you have a bad nuetral saftey switch. If so try turn the wheel in either direction while attempting to pull out the key. I hope tis helped you out. It would be greatly appreciated if you could rate my answer, Thanks. MIKE-

Posted on Aug 19, 2009

MNfisherman
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SOURCE: Locked Ignition but steering wheel free

Push gear selector up past park and it should loosen up, or press hard on the brake pedal. Shifter up past park usually loosens it up. Common GM problem.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

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SOURCE: 2008 cobalt key will not turn in ignition. tried

Have you got the correct key??

Spray some CRC into the key hole.

Try "jiggling" the steering wheel at same time as turning key.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010

dugan56
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Here's a company that has pages and descriptions of how toreplace the ignition switch on GM vehicles. They are broken down into step by step detailed instructions. Here is alink to that page. They covers many ofthe in-dash ignition switches from 1997 to 2006 too. http://www.steeringcolumnservices.com/steering-column-repair-how-to-instructions/gm-buick-cadillac-chevrolet-oldsmobile-pontiac.php Lastly, I would have a new switch in hand before you begin, tosee what you are working on (hidden in the column) and accomplish finishingthis job quickly. Good luck

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I know this is an old question but I'll answer for the sake of the other 3 bad answers you got. What you describe (Shifter locked until brake applied with key on) is normal and part of the BTSI (Brake Transmission Shifter Interlock) system. It consists of a solenoid and an arm that attaches to the shift selector assembly and operates as you described until you press the brake. It's a safety feature. The other problem, however, is caused by a disconnected cable that runs from the back of the ignition switch on the top of the steering column (under the dash) down to the shifter. In the old days there was a lock ring that connected to a lever and tab that a rod would hook to to prevent the shifter from moving (column shift) similar on console shifters. On the 95 firebird this is replaced by the cable and if it's disconnected it will allow the shifter to move freely whether or not the ignition is locked, It's mechanical and not a solenoid like the BTSI system. So you'll have to figure out whether the cable is disconnected at the shifter (easy) or the ignition switch on the column (hard). Also note that if you don't get the cable seated all the way into the ignition switch the shifter still won't lock and you may find you can't get your ignition key out of the lock. That's because the cable can interfere with the movement of the ignition switch slider. Hopefully it's just the connection on your shifter which sounds possible since that's where you said you were working. Good Luck!

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  2. Disconnect the wire connector from the rear of the BTSI solenoid.
  3. Insert the ignition key and turn it to the ON position.
  4. With the brakes applied, try moving the shifter out of the PARK position.
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    • If the shift lever still does not move from the PARK position, remove the BTSI solenoid from the shift lever assembly. If the shift lever now moves freely in and out of the park position, the BTSI solenoid is faulty and the interlock cable must be replaced. If the shift lever still does not move from the park position, the problem is in the shift lever assembly or the ignition interlock cassette

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What would be the reason for the key not to come out of the ignition and the car not shift from park without pushing a button one the bottom of the shifter on a 97 grand prix


There may be a brake pedal switch sensor that determines when you have the brake applied. Normally if the pedal is down the pedal switch activates and removes a "lock" that would keep the shifter from moving.

Ordinarily when this happens you have to physically move the lock or replace or adjust the brake pedal switch to get the shifter to move freely.

If the car is not in "PARK" properly (the transmission can be in another gear even if the shifter "seems" to be in park - this would require an adjustment in the shift linkage) then the key won't turn to start.
Likewise until it is "properly" in park or neutral you may have difficulty locking the steering column and removing the key.

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I am having trouble removing the key from the ignition of my 2004 Volvo s60. I'd seen a lot of the same problems on line, is this a common problem?


Sometimes the lock knob on the shifter sticks. If you hit the shifter forward gently a couple of times and the button pops out, the key should come out. If this works, spray some silicone between the knob and the shifter and move the release in and out until it moves freely.

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Locked Ignition but steering wheel free


Push gear selector up past park and it should loosen up, or press hard on the brake pedal. Shifter up past park usually loosens it up. Common GM problem.

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  1. Remove the instrument panel cover below the steering column, then remove the steering column shrouds to gain access to the brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI) solenoid. The solenoid is part of the interlock cable assembly.
  2. Disconnect the wire connector from the rear of the BTSI solenoid.
  3. Insert the ignition key and turn it to the ON position.
  4. With the brakes applied, try moving the shifter out of the PARK position.
    • If the lever now moves freely in and out of PARK, perform the Circuit Test below.
    • If the shift lever still does not move from the PARK position, remove the BTSI solenoid from the shift lever assembly. If the shift lever now moves freely in and out of the park position, the BTSI solenoid is faulty and the interlock cable must be replaced. If the shift lever still does not move from the park position, the problem is in the shift lever assembly or the ignition interlock cassette

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