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2002 Buick Regal Question: Ignition key removal.



Visitor, Edwards, CO, June 07, 2011, 13:05

I have recently experienced a problem removing the key from my ignition after turning off the engine. The problem started happening every once in a while and now happens quite frequently. The ignition will not turn off completely...only half way. After several tries at starting and turning off the engine, the ignition will eventually turn completely allowing the key to be removed. Any ideas?

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    mastertech6371 June 07, 2011, 13:28

    you can try a spray lube in the cylinder in case the tumblers are sticking. try another key. if not, then the lock cylinder is bad.


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    Visitor, June 26, 2011, 12:03

    I am having this same problem. I think it has to do with the interlock between the shift knob and the key. After turning off the car, if the key does not go all the way back, I press on the button on the shifter. Eventually, I can hear a soft "click" in the steering column and the key can then be removed. I have yet to resolve this problem.

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    Visitor, July 22, 2011, 11:41

    I have had the same problem. The reset on the gear shift seemed to work for a few days but now the problem is worse. Had it in the shop for the last two days and they say its the gear shift selonoid that is going bad. Part is GM product about $390. I hope it works!

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    Visitor, July 28, 2011, 13:55

    I had the same problem with my 2001 regal took it to the dealership it was the gear shift went bad they replaced it no problems since.

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