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Key is stuck in ignition

I have a 2006 Pontiac Pursuit Automatic. The key will not turn to lock so I can get it out. I can only release it with the button under the steering column. What is causing this?

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The shifter lever has a plastic shaft. at the bottom of the shaft there is a metal pin that is pressed through it that presses against a switch that will then activate the solinoid which allows key to be able to come out of the cylinder. the problem is the plastic shaft cracks and pin loosens, so switch will not be pressed by the pin. GM only sells the whole shifter assembly. takes some mechanical ability to change this shifter mechanism. good luck

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Did you review the Steering Wheel and Column Description and Operation and perform the necessary inspections?
Go to Step 2
Go to Steering Wheel and Column Description and Operation


Verify the key cannot be removed from the ignition lock cylinder.
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