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I can't get the key out of the ignition. The car turns off but it doesn't go into the locked position..

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  • plawrence280 Dec 10, 2009

    I don't think you understand... When I turn off the car, the ignition doesn't turn all the way off, so that you can get the key out. There are probably 3 or 4 positions in the ignition, mine will not go to the last position.. do you have any suggestions??

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There should be a button on top of the key hole push that in at the same time you push the key in and back to pull out of the ignition.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009

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    Eurodinno Dec 10, 2009

    Ok you will need to take the plastic cover off the bottom of the column it should be a snap on with on screw located on the bottom slowley take that off once you do that you can see the key locking mechanism where you insert the key check to see if there is something blocking it from going to completely back sometimes there is something that got moved in there it may be the secureity lock that is jammed if so stick the key in there and wiggle back in forth as this may free up the jam if not write me back we can try other things. Thank you and I hope to hear a recommendation from you thanks again Eurodinno.

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Section 11-05: Steering Column Switches 1996 Taurus, Sable Workshop Manual
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  1. Install lower instrument panel steering column cover with screws.
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Section 11-05: Steering Column Switches 1996 Taurus, Sable Workshop Manual
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