Ignition key removal. on 2002 Buick Regal

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?

by in Edwards, CO on June 07, 2011
5 answers 3 comments
ANSWER by on June 07, 2011
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. Roy
COMMENT by on August 10, 2014
If you tried this, how did it work ? Do you think graphite would be better ?
ANSWER by on June 26, 2011
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.
COMMENT by on July 22, 2011
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!
COMMENT by on August 10, 2014
Did you get this gear shift solenoid answer from the dealer ?
ANSWER by on July 28, 2011
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.
ANSWER by on August 10, 2014
I have the same problem..and it is not well understood at the dealership. I used to start the engine again but I don't think that is the prob. Now I move the shifter around and can cue the prob without starting the engine. At least I thought so yesterday. Today I had to relocate the car several times before the key would come out. It seems to be different every time !!!!
ANSWER by on January 11, 2015
There is a switch on the shifter that tells the ignition switch you are in park so the key will turn the last click back. It gets pop and junk spilled on it and it sticks. Remove the center console and thoroughly clean everything on the shifter assembly. Until then there is a small plastic plug covering a hole on the bottom of the steering column, remove it and insert a small object to push a small release and your key will turn and come out.
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