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My 2004 PT Cruiser sometimes won't release the key from the ignition when I turn the car off. I have to put the car in neutral then back to park and it will usually come out. What causes this?

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Bump the shift lever into park a couple of times hard.This will release it

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It not making up the switch on the shifter on the transmission tell its in park .

Posted on Jul 31, 2010

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