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When placing it in park the key wont release until I giggle the shift.

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  • urban2204 Aug 18, 2008

    I have a 06 Cobalt LT. Tried to get the car into drive but the gear shift wouldn't allow me to. Finally used force and got the car in gear to get home. Lifted the center console to look at the gear shift assembly and found a silver wire connector was broken off. This time could not get the key out of the ignition until I manually lifted the switch with my finger to get the car to release it. Does anyone know what the part is? It is contained on the passenger side of the black in color plastic box directly below the gear shift lever. Until I figure this out or replace the part I will have to continue to pull the console cover off and reach in with a finger to push the wire connector upwards to get the key to release. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    if the key is shut off and placed in off then shift handel is worked a bit sometimes it works

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If you have an '06 it should still be under warrenty I would take it to the deale asap and have it fixed then it will be covered after the warrenty expires should it happen again.

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Might be that the cable on the lever of the transmission itself needs to be adjusted and that can be found within the engine bay. it can be that the cable may not be given that "reach" to the specific shift mode.

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