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Key is stuck in the ignition

When i depressed the button on the shifter to put car in reverse or drive, the shifter would not move. When this started, I then could not remove the key from the ignition.

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  • Bill Schilz
    Bill Schilz May 11, 2010

    Can you give us the make and model of the car? I had the same experience with our Lexus and I know that solution.

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I have worked on several vehicles with this same problem and each one was a relatively simple repair with no parts involved, first off the shift interlock has nothing to do with it and will not prevent your vehicle from going into park, it is designed to work ONLY when coming out of park. The problem your having depends on the type of shifter handle your vehicle has, if the release lever is on the bottom and you have to push up with your fingers to release it, then the problem is...there is a rubber type cover that surrounds the release button, after time it becomes distorted and bunches up preventing the shifter from fully engaging in the park position (even though it appears the vehicle is going into park)if your careful you can work the rubber cover out and your problem is fixed. If your shifter button is on the side and pressed with your thumb the cable needs to be adjusted, this cables only purpose is to prevent key removal except when in park and is easily adjusted, with the center council removed, if you look at the front of the shifter base you will see 2 cables that snap into the shifter frame, the larger one is the gear selector cable, the smaller one runs up to the steering column and operates the mechanism that prevents key removal, where the cable snaps into the shifter frame is where the adjustment is done and is identical to a kick-down cable used on older vehicles with automatic transmissions, right where it snaps into the frame there will be a button you can press down releasing a spring loaded adjustment arm, make sure you first mark the arm for reference then press down the button and adjust it a little either way until it functions properly, hope this helps and good luck    

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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There is a switch that is supposed to release so you can pull the key out. Obviously something has caused the release mechanism not to function.Some vehicles have a manual release. See if here is a small square cover somewhere near the ignition switch either above it or below it (may be near shifter). If there is one take something and remover the cover like a small screwdriver. Then take a small enough object to insert into the hole under the cover and then try to pull out the key. If that's not an option, you could remove the ignition fuse to disable the vehicle for the night. Get your owners manual and open it to the index. Look for the fuses section. In that section it will tell you what different fuses do and where they are located on you vehicle. Just take out the fuse that says "Ignition" and remember where you took it out of. Then try to start the car. If it won't start at least no one can steal it . If you can't find the ignition fuse look for one that says "power" and try that one

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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