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The key is stuck in the ignition and it won't turn over. It turned over once but wouldn't go into gear. Now it won't turn over at all.

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    Thank you very much. That was it. Great Job. Shep Means

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Hello. Your issue is fairly common in these Honda's. The temporary fix is to more or less slam the shift handle into park instead of gently sliding it to park. What is going on is your car isn't completely in park and as a result, it will not start.
So......Forcefully slide the shift into park and then try removing the key and/or starting it up.
Once you get tired of forcing it into park, you could consider replacing the ignition and even looking very closely at the plastic that the shift lever slides in. Sometimes, as these Honda's get older the plastic develops a bump in it which makes it more difficult to slide into park. The fix if there is a bump there is to sand off the bump.
Regards, Joe

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