Question about 1997 Nissan.5 Altima
Key is stuck in car.car will start. Gear shift will move without button being pressed need to get key out
You can buy a tube of powdered graphite at a hardware or auto store. Spray a little in the key hole. It makes a good lubricant for keys. Don't use oil though, it will stick up the key worse. Hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 18, 2015
Try pushing your shifter all the way forward while trying to turning the key to the off position and pulling the key out. You will most likely have to buy a new shifter lever or the whole shifter assembly.
Posted on Apr 13, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Hi what is happening is that your turn off your car and left the wheels turned to one side and specially if your car is parke in a hill what you have to do is to force the steering wheel to the same direction of your wheels this will free up the ignition switch it is going to be hard let me tell you but it will work and this is why your shift don't work once you have the ignition switch free then your shift will work again
Posted on Apr 01, 2009
This is not a permanent fix, but you'll be able to shift and drive...this is a "safety feature" when you're break lights aren't working...it may be a fuse issue, i found that didn't help either.
How to drive it while it's "broken" On the top left of your gear shift is circle that looks like a button that is only 3/4 there...see picture (it's circled in red)
pry that off with a key or something... now restart your car, push on the break and at the same time insert a key or something into the now open hole...while pushing down use the other key to shift into reverse. You will need to do the same thing to shift back into park.
Good heavens that is the most inneficient safety feature I've ever heard of. How about instead of leaving the car immoble and keeping you in a scetchy neihborhood to get mugged they just "invent" a warning light notification. grr
Posted on May 04, 2009
SOURCE: gear shift stuck
I am having the same problem with my 05 Altima. For a temporary rememdy we took stuck a key down into the release hole in front of the gear shift. There may be a little cover over the hole, but if you take it off and stick something in it, it will release the shifter.
Posted on Jun 30, 2010
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