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2000 Buick Regal. My key gets stuck in accessory and i can't remove the key unless I use the release button under the steering column, the car keeps running the battery down and won't start. Even if I drive the car a few miles and then park, shut it off, it won't start again, i have to get it jumped.

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Check the gear shift is ALL the way in park. you may have something blocking it.

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