Question about Chrysler PT Cruiser
Try this....I know it sounds silly, but I had an old galaxy that did this same thing....
After you put the car in park, (I am guessing it is on the steering column), do NOT let the shifter go into it's "parked" position, but rather, leaving it in park, pull the shift lever toward you, but do NOT move it out of park. Kind of like you have to do when you are going to pull the shifter out of park, and into another gear, ya know? While holding the shifter in that position, NOW try to remove the keys. Did this work?
It is a Safety Switch, that some vehicles have. However, if the shifter never had the problem before, and suddenly, it is doing this, you may have a small broken part inside the steering column, that will not allow the ignition and steering components to LOCK.
Posted on Mar 25, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: ignition key / lock steering
Try spraying WD 40 into the ignition as possible. Let sit a second.. Then try working the key. It should come out. Then work the key in and out and turn on and off; a few minutes. This is to loosen the ignition up. I had the same problem, once with my car key. The key came right out.
Posted on Mar 25, 2009
Very likely the steering thrust stored in the tires attempting to turn back is forcing excessive tension against the steering lock.
Try (very hard) to turn the steering wheel either direction while turning the key gently.
If that solves it you can avoid this by letting go of the steering after stopping to park, turn off the ignition slowly (engine off, pause, then key out). This will ensure that the steering wheel comes to rest prior to locking the column.
Posted on Jul 10, 2009
SOURCE: Ignition key will not turn
Thanks to the person with the wd40 suggestion. stuff that little red tube right up there and liberally spray. I just had the panic when I went to drive to the store in my 98 town & country and the key didn't turn. I read lots of varying solutions and was ready to get the emergency locksmith out here to replace the barrel and then I stumbled across that suggestion here. It made so much sense...and it worked. The barrel will probably still need to be replaced at some point, but not urgent.
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
Push gear selector up past park and it should loosen up, or press hard on the brake pedal. Shifter up past park usually loosens it up. Common GM problem.
Posted on Nov 19, 2009
common for this key switch to be defective. Might try graphite lubricant to spray in the hole. Once you replace key switch it will have to be recoded (electronically)by a lock smith, repair shop or dealer.
Posted on Feb 13, 2010
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