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Key won't turn to off position unless you unhook battery cable. I know the problem is that the ignition is not getting the message that the car is in park. I have been inside the shift box (completely made of plastic!!!!) but can't figure out exactly what part I need to replace. Is it in the shift box, the steering column, or with the transmission itself? I also had a problem with having to depress the shift release to get the car out of park, but I did jerry-rig that problem while I was in the box. Can that whole plastic mechanism be replaced?

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  • hlubinski Nov 15, 2009

    I was unclear. The car turns off fine, however, to actually remove the key from the ignition we have to disconnect the battery cable. Same result as if the car were not in Park, but it is.

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I would check all the linkages,from the shifter cable at the shifter,and the other end where it fastens to the transmission shift axle.Check for free play,there may be a grommet that is bad,or has worn out,of fallen off.This would cause the shifter,key cylinder,and the transmission to be out of sync with one another.If all this is fine,look for a switch on the transmission shift shaft axle to be bad,this is where the information would be sent to lock,or unlock.

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Hi

Yes the whole plastic mechanism can be replaced.It definately looks like the tumbler assembly isn't turning the ignition switch off. The tumbler is a separate piece from the ignition switch. You shouldn't be able to remove the key except when it's in the off position. If the tumbler is turning in all the key positions and it still doesn't turn the engine off, then the switch portion is also bad.If the key is physically rotating to the off position and then you are taking the key out then the problem is possibly a shorted starter solonoid. (The solonoid jumps 12 volts directly to the coil, bypassing the ballast during crank. If the internal jumper sticks the situation I described will occur.)

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