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There is a (silly) safety lock on the ignition to stop it starting in gear, or the key being removed if not in park, and a sensible safety lock on the gear shift to stop kids letting it roll down a hill. Try putting your foot firmly on the brake, press the park release button beside the gear shift, while pulling the shifter out of park and back into park.
Getting the key out: Sometimes the steering wheel is placing pressure on the steering lock and key release mechanism, so try turning the steering wheel in any direction it can go while trying to release the key. It should come only out when you are in park.
Manual transmission subarus have a 'hill holder' feature that is part of the braking system; when you stop on a slight incline, engage the clutch, and step on the brake at the same time, you can take your foot off the brake and the car will not roll backwards. When you go to accelerate and release the clutch the hill holder disengages and allows normal operation. I suspect that this feature was somehow altered when your brake service was performed. It's activated via a cable that is tied to your clutch cable; the hill holder cable toggles a switch on a mechanism that applies brake fluid to one (or two, depending on model year) brake calipers. I'd start here. If you google hill holder you should find some diagrams of what I'm speaking. I had a 1995 Legacy with this feature; I disabled when it began malfunctioning. Took 20 minutes as the bolt is in a difficult location but immediately noticed it was much easier to depress the clutch pedal. Oh yes, my malfunction was so bad (and improperly diagnosed by the local brake 'specialists') that the brakes would lock up while driving and I couldn't move the car! I destroyed my left front brake caliper before figuring out the culprit on my own.
The way to avoid this when parking the car on a hill is to apply the parking brake first, allow the car to settle in position by easing off the regular brakes, then put car in park. When it is time to go put the car in gear then release the parking brake. Let the parking brake do all the work. This problem is common to most cars with an automatic transmission. The weight of the car is pressing against the parking mechanism inside the transmission. Many folks have to resort to having a friend rock the car forwards and back to free up the parking mechanism.
This is a system on subarus to stop you rolling back when on a hill with the clutch depressed . The brakes should unlock as you release the clutch. There is a cable attached to the clutch fork in the engine bay. This goes to a brake actuator on the left hand side. If it isnt working corectly check the cable for wear or fraying. It may need adjusting by a mechanic.
If your parked on a hill you may have torque lock,if facing down hill you need to push car up hill to release shifter, if facing up hill you need to push car up hill to release shifter. To stop this from happening again apply park brake before putting into park.
hill hold,it stops the car rolling backwards when youre on a hill with the clutch in and releases when you let out the clutch taking off,it can be adjusted if its not working correctly,very handy feature to have