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Re: can a stiff gear shifter be caused by a bad ignition...
Try spraying some WD40 or similar into the ignition switch, it may have run a bit dry
use a thin tube which you should get with the lubricant and put the end of it into the key hole and give it a squirt
hope this helps
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Manufacturers have designed the shifters to lock in the Park position. This is to prevent children from accidentally moving the shifter out of Park if they are playing behind the wheel (as they should not be of course). The ignition must be in the ON position, with the brake pedal pressed, to release the shifter from PARK. If there is a malfunction, most cars have a bypass release button hidden near the shifter. Check your owners manual for details if needed.
Ignition Lock Cylinder Control Actuator
If the vehicle is equipped with a floor mounted console gear shifter, it has a ignition lock cylinder control actuator system in the steering column as an added safety feature. The ignition lock cylinder control actuators purpose is to prevent the steering wheel from being locked when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle may still be moving. The column ignition lock system consists of a ignition lock cylinder control acutator, and a park position switch that is located in the A/T shift lock control switch. The ignition lock cylinder control acutator contains a pin that is spring loaded out to mechanically prevent the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the lock position when vehicle transmission is not in the Park position. If vehicle power is lost, and/or the transmission is not in the Park position the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column. GM has had some problems with this , If you have the console shifter there is a micro switch that when put into park a linkage pushes on this micro switch closing the circuit to ignition lock cylinder control actuator allowing you to remove your key ! These linkages fall out causing this problem ,an have electrical wiring problems as well ! I fixed a 2006 Chevy cobalt that had this same problem by getting a used shifter assembly at the auto salvage year ! cost $20.00 . There mite be a access hole under the bottom of the steering column with a release button up inside !
Your shifter isn't going into the park position or the solenoid that locks the shifter and sends a signal to the ignition switch is bad. I believe you have to replace the entire shifter to fix this problem.
Hi Beth usually when shifter is stuck there is a locking mechanism and keeps shifter from engaging unless brake is depressed to release the lock. If you hear a clicking sound when pedal is depressed then switch is probably ok and its probably the steering wheel lock. First try with your spare key to start the vehicle(old key may be worn ). If that doesn't do it then try with WD 40 a very little in ignition key hole or on the key work it slowly and see what happens. If none of these suggestions work its probably the steering wheel lock and that requires surgery. Keep me post best of luck
Sometimes the mechanical system that locks your steering wheel has too much vehicle weight which can prevent the key from turning. If you can move the vehicle back and forth while someone turn the steering wheel and turn the ignition switch.
Few thing there: - Battery charge - Ignition switch go to bad - Starter go to bad - Neutral safety switch; confirm that shifter is in P position, if not adjust this device (drivers side, gear box, under vehicle). - Antitheft system activated; if recently tha batteri was disconnected, this is armed.
There are a couple of things you can try. Check under the dash at the foot pedal for the brake. There are switches there which sometimes can get hit by feet and broken or thrown out of their holders. These switches are linked to the gearshift, ignition switch, and steering wheel.
The steering wheel or gearshift lever can bind the lock cylinder. You may have a stuck shift button or the shifter or steering wheel may need to be "wiggled" to line up the interlocks. This would be done while one hand attempts to turn the keyswitch and the other hand "wiggles" the steering wheel or gearshift.
The lock cylinder can be bad within the switch housing. The switch housing may be adjustable and the adjustment holddown screw may have slipped. You may need to change the Ignition switch. The switch is connected by cable or rod to parts under the dash.
I listed the above things to check in the most frequent order. The problem is the manufacturers make a mess of things by connecting the controls with rods and cables that will eventually jam when one of four things slip out of position. I hope you find my solution very helpful.
Make sure you don't have the steering wheel locked. If the key still won't turn then you will have to replace the ignition lock cylinder. The gear shifter on any car should not move unless key is turned.
Have you tried moving the gear shift back and forth? The shifter is connected by a cable to your ignition switch. It keeps folks from putting the car in neutral when the steering and ignition is locked, so they don't take the car when you're not around. If moving the shifter helps, then maybe that cable has stretched some and needs replaced. If not, then perhaps an ignition lock cylinder and key are in order.