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I have an hhr that the key is stuck in the ignition. I've been told it is a gear shift assembly problem. How much is that to purchase if my husband installs it. Is it a part I can even purchase? Autozone doesn't seem to carry it.

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The problem is the key tumbler. You will need to have it replaced. Its not gear shift issue. go to mitchell1diy online for the procedures to replace it. Once you get the procedures then you will be able to tell if you want to tackle this.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010

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Thats not entirely true if ya have the bottom of the steering column taken off and your have the lock cylinder exposed there is a white button you can push to release the key. if the key turns back and you can pull it out then its your shift interlock solenoid located in the shifter.

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