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2003 Chevrolet Malibu Question: Hello,I cannot remove key from ignition cylinder.The key gets stuck.

 

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bernie13, Angle Inlet, MN, May 15, 2013, 05:42
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The key gets stuck in the acc. position. The only way i can remove the key is by shifting from park to drive and back to park a few times. Sometimes the key returns to off and i can remove the key with no problem.The shifter seems to be working OK. The car only has 39900 km. Can this be a shifter (switch) problem or do i need to replace the ignition cylinder. I just purchased the car 1 month ago and the key got stuck 2 or 3 times in the last week but now the key gets stuck almost every time i use the car. Any advice would be greatly appreciated Thank you Bernie

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13428 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper May 15, 2013, 06:51
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    poss bad key tumbler assm or linkage adjustment

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    Mountain View Garage (4 Answers) , Thornton, CO - (303) 816-3876
    MVG May 15, 2013, 07:44
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    While troubleshooting from a chair miles away can be problematic, if I had to guess and given what was mentioned regarding the task of putting the vehicle into park, drive, park I might take a look at the shift interlock solenoid. If a failing/failed shift interlock solenoid is telling the car it is still in drive, it would prohibit release of the key.

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