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Key wont turn to start car, and sometimes key can not be removed

After placing car in park the key can not be removed and the gear selector wont stay in park. other times the key wont turn to start the car.

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Press hard on the brake pedal.

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There is a cable driven collar on the steering column. But first, make sure if your wheels are cut all the way to one side, pull the wheel forcefully in the same direction as the wheels are turned and at the same time try to remove the key. If this fails turn the collar just below the keyswitch around the column counterclockwise only and try to turn and lock the key then.

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Test/Service/Replace

The circuit on newer cars with automatic transmissions has a neutral safety, or neutral start switch installed between the ignition switch and the starter. The ignition switch cannot operate the starter motor unless the transmission is in park or neutral.
Late model vehicles with manual transmissions have a starter/clutch interlock switch that requires the clutch to be depressed to the floor.
Neutral Safety Switch
Normal operations of a neutral safety switch provides a quick check for the adjustment of the gear selector linkage.
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  • After checking the PARK position, move the lever slowly toward the NEUTRAL position until the lever drops at the end of the NEUTRAL stop in the selector gate.
  • If the starter also operates at this point, the gearshift linkage is properly adjusted.
  • This quick test also tests the adjustment of the neutral safety switch.
  • If the engine does not start in either or both of these positions, the neutral safety switch or the gear selector linkage needs adjustment or repair.

CAUTION
Since you must work under the vehicle to adjust most shift linkages make sure you properly raise and support the vehicle before working under it. Also, wear safety glasses or goggles while working under the vehicle.
A voltmeter can be used to check the switch for voltage when the ignition key is turned to the START position with the shift lever in PARK or NEUTRAL. If there is no voltage, the switch should be adjusted or replaced.

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On the vehicles covered by this manual, the backup lamp control function is part of an integrated switch called the Transaxle Range switch (sometimes also called the Park/Neutral Position or PNP switch). In addition to turning on the backup lights, the Transaxle Range switches primary function is to transmit to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) the driver's transaxle range selection. The PCM uses this information to control both engine and transaxle functions electronically.

The Transaxle Range switch is mounted externally on the transaxle. New service replacement switches come pinned in the NEUTRAL position and no adjustment should be necessary. Please note that if the switch requires adjustment, GM recommends that their special tool J 41545 Park/Neutral Switch Alignment Tool be used to properly adjust the Transaxle Range switch, if required.



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  1. Apply the parking brake and block the front wheels.
  2. Place the transaxle gear selector to NEUTRAL.
  3. Remove the air intake duct to access the switch located on the top of the transaxle at the range selector cable and arm.
  4. Disconnect the transaxle range selector cable.
  5. Detach the electrical connectors from the range selector switch.
  6. Remove the range selector lever retaining nut and lift off the lever.
  7. Unfasten the range selector switch mounting bolts, then remove the switch from the transaxle manual shaft.



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