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Button on shifter/ignition

Button on shifter sticks and key ignition will not turn to off and release key.

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Make sure the shifter is fully in park, (Jiggle it once you push it up) and the snift knob should lock into place, allowing the key to be removed

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Have the linkage checked and the pin under the shift column

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