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Gear selection indicator not working

I have a 2003 Grand Prix. When started the gear selector on dash will not light up and cannot get out of park. When turned off cannot get key out. Figured out the button on bottom of column to get key out but should not have too.

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I hate to say it but GM "W" bodies of that time period ( Regal, Cutlass Supreme, Lumina, and Grand Prix) are notorious for turn signal problems. I'm a machanic and also have owned 3 W body vehicles. The pivot bushing in the switch wears prematurely and in turn causes the copper contacts to barely touch each other. If the contacts are dirty, there is resistance. Where there is resistance, there is heat, hence the smoke. It's just a poor design. What I do instead of replacing the switch requires some time and some surgical skill but it always works for me. At the pivot end of the switch, I remove the screw and remove the metal tube insert. I wrap the metal with electrical tape to take up the slack from the wear then grease the heck out of it. At the contact end I attach a piece of sheet metal to the bottom of the movable part of the switch so it sits underneath the non-moveable part making it so the moveable part can't lift up and lose contact. That's just a vague description but if you want a detailed one let me know and I'll write one. I did it to my '89 Regal 4 yrs. ago and to my wife's Grand Prix 1 yr. ago and they both still work great. Just a design flaw in the switch. Sometimes you have to pick up wher the car companies left off! beest921

Posted on Jul 22, 2008

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SOURCE: 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix GT will not go into park

possible bent linkage or the turn key needs replacing due to wear over time and use

Posted on Aug 24, 2009

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There are torx head screws holding it on, you get at them from underneath.

Posted on Sep 04, 2009

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SOURCE: ignition key stuck in 2003 Grand Prix

If you have an auto trans, check to make sure the car is in park. If the shift lever is even slightly misaligned, (even though the indicator says PARK) your key won't come out.
Try spraying the tumbler with powdered graphite.
It is a common problem, and I found two possible answers. The ignition plunger in the ignition switch or the Park release solenoid located in the center console. I've heard that when the solenoid sticks it prevents your key from being released. I have not fixed mine yet, I just use the inside of a ball point pen to release the plunger by sticking it in the access hole under the ignition.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009

SOURCE: light on dash says start in 2nd gear 96 grand prix se

down by your left knee on the lower part of the dash is a switch to start out in second gear in snow or icy conditions, lowers the torque to reduce spinning. just flip the switch. you probably hit it with your knee, I did!!! chibasset

Posted on Oct 27, 2009

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