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I have a 2000 Grand Prix SE, the keys are locked in the igintion while the car is runnig in park. Earlier the car made a sreaching noise when shifted from reverse to drive. How do I turn the car off and get my keys out?!

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Well one try moving the car back and forth or try turning the wheel to the left or right while you try to get them out i had this promblem too my was 1 because of the tumblers sticking and the parklock linkage was too tight try the rocking motion first it has to do with the steering lock plate hope this helps

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