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Key stuck, now new problem

My key was not turning all the way back to get it out, I jammed the shifter into park and it would come out. Now the button behind the shifter is stuck and won't click out when I put it in park. Therefore, the key won't come out without putting my finger in the opening under the steering wheel and pushing the censor. I can pull the shifter back and forth from park to drive without it locking into place. Help!!

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  • gymarmadillo Sep 16, 2008

    yep, I have the same problem, just happened to me tonight.Although I never jammed the shifter into park, it just got stuck and would not turn back in order to get it out.And it still stuck there.

  • BnkVanS1997 Sep 23, 2008

    OMG!!! Let me husband use my HHR today and guess what!!


    Please!! Someone help all of us!!


  • biggybryce Oct 13, 2008

    I had the same problem. Took it to the dealship and it cost $400 to fix it. They just replaced the shifter. Something is wrong with this part I think.

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    My key will not come out of the ignition on my 06 HHR. I generally have to continually put the gear shift in park to get it released. When can we expect a recall on this?

  • jimme831 Dec 03, 2008

    Same thing happened to me last night in my 2007 HHR. Got home and couldn't get the key out of the ignition. My husband couldn't get it out either. Will take it into the dealership today.

  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2008

    i had to press the sensor on the ignition to remove the key

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    me too! 2007 escape xls has been difficult to get out of park because the button on gear shifter was sticking for last 2 weeks or so. yesterday i was surprised when it went in with ease and didnt stick.... I was even more surprised when i put the vehicle in park and turned the engine off only to realize that the key wont go to the locking position and cant get it out. Im a lil better off than some turns enough to shut the engine off and its not draining my battery; its just not in lock position!



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There is a pin that goes thru the shift cable that is falling out. Above the window buttons pry the little plastic holder out remove the 2 screws take the plastic off of the sides of the console you will see a black plastic frame with holes in it I cut a larger hole between 2 of the small holes with a hack saw on the driver side. Put the car in neutral drivers seat all the way back pull on the shift button and you will see the pin pull it out with a pair of needle nose pliers. I put 598 black loctite sealant on mine and reinstall. Shift back to park if you can get the key out and the doors unlock you have the pin in the right spot and it is making both switches when in park. You can see if it is on the switches by looking thru the hole where the little holder came out. The pin sticks out about a 1/2" on each side. Good luck

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