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Key igntion switch is stuck

Hey i have an 1997 Geo Prizm and my key switch that crank the car up i can't get it out so i can replace it. I was wondering if you knew how to get it out

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Put the key in and turn towards you into accessory position. Then, take a paper clip straightened and poke it in the little hole on the face of the swhich wile turng and pulling on the key. good luck

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I would suggest wiggling the shifter up past park. It may loosen it up. Also you can lightly tap around ignition to get the pins inside to release.

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