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Key is stuck in the ignition

Gear shift won't lock in park. Steering wheel won't lock. It's been stuck for a couple of weeks. Got it out twice but then it gets stuck again. It's happened a few other times. Eventually it just comes out - no clue why - then it gets stuck again a few months later. Very frustating. Have to park it with the key in the ignition.

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The linkage from the shifter to the transmission could be worn. A guy I work with had the same problem with the same car. He change the linkage and it worked fine again

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