Problem Description and Possible Solution
The automatic transmission shifter may fail causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.
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Average mileage: 120,716 (25,000–2,100,000)
111 people reported this problem
Will not shift out of park without key in the shift lock release. Key would only come out of ignition by pushing shifter to the left when in park, but now the key is stuck and will not come out at all. Can not turn the car off completely, but can still drive it.
key become locked in the ACC position will not turn off but am able to start and drive car
My key is stuck in the ignition. Can't shut the car completely off so I have to unplug the battery and just leave the key in the ignition
The key is stuck in the ignition. I can drive it and even turn it off, but it just won't come out. I've tried a few basic tips that might work but still nothing. I have 3 weeks till I head back home and I need it fixed!
key won't turn to off position, gear shift lever release won't move, dash instruments won't work
car stuck in park, couldn't get key out of ignition. Had to insert key into lock release to shift out of park.
Car is stuck in park and I can't get the key out of the ignition
Drove home and parked the car but couldn't get the key out. I could restart the car but couldn't get it all the way to the off position to remove the key.
Key gets stuck in ignition at various times
This happened to me a day or so after I had pushed the car off the road. The owners manual said this could happen. Easily fixed by placing the key in the release located on the shifter.
I had the same issue in my 06. I removed shift cover/center console to find a broken spring dangling from the switch that determines position. Found a spare spring a little larger than a pen spring, used long needle-nosed pliers to attach it and viola! It's been working fine for 3 years!
Sometimes the only way to get the key out is to take and push the shifter left into the PARK position. Even though it is all the way up, the shifter doesn't read it's in park, so will not let you take out the key until you push the shifter left.
Key stuck in ign. And can't get it out
The car will go into park, but it won't release the key.
key was stuck in acc position. no amount of joggling or shifting got it out. four people tried. disconnected battery, tried again to remove key next night. key came right out. reconnected battery, had it checked out, no obvious issues. no further problem with key at this point, that was a month ago.
car stuck in park, couldn't get key out of ignition
I drove my car home parked and now my key is stuck in the ignition I'm able to start my car and drive however the key is stuck in ACC
Key was stuck in ignition and we held the shifter to the park position and it came out when inspected nothing came up so we have to do it every once in a while to get the key out
It has not been fixed yet. The key gets stuck in the ignition to where the car will not shift out of park without sticking a key or small object in the hole next to park on the gear shift that says "shift lock release". If I don't unhook my battery it dies do to the key staying in the ignition.