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Shifter switch stuck and will not allow the shifter to lock in gear to remove key from igination.

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If you have the owners manual I had a similar problem and it will show how to fix it. If it's an auto there is a plastic cover near the shifter that pops out and inside it is a way to put the car in park to remove the key. I had a floor shift and I'm not sure if the column shift would be the same.

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