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Girlfriend put it in park turned off the engine and went in to a store. came out and key wont turn, brake pedal is very firm and the gear selecter cable seems like it in a different place, and the steering column never locked after key was removed

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Try jiggling the steering wheel while turning the key. it might disengaged the key lock. good luck

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Either the shifter linkage is out of adjustment or the park/neutral start switch is bad. First thing would be to check the brake switch behind the brake pedal to make sure it has not moved out of placement

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