Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder on Chevrolet Malibu

The automatic transmission shifter may fail causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

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Average mileage: 103,185 (5,000–206,000)
16 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
98 people reported this problem
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key moves into all positions and car starts but once in park and off position i can not remove my key its been stuck for about 10 days now!!!
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My malibu isn't going into park all the way. The key gets stuck until I finally get it into park. Now, my car key is free and the car appears to be in park. But, the next time I go to drive it, it is completely dead. The ignition must be stuck in aux. or in between. The car has no power at all.
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I am having trouble with my shifter it is getting stuck in park and takes me quite some time to even get lucky and be able to put it in drive and take off. Anyone know what I need to do to fix this. It is really making me angry. I feel like I am going to get stuck somewhere with the car stuck in park.
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in order to get my key out of the ignition i have to jiggle the shifter
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The ingnition will not turn all the way into off position for me to take the key out the ignition. It started out as an occasional thing but now it is every time I drive the car.
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Usually in colder weather, the key gets stuck in the ignition. I can turn the car completely on and off, but removing the key is difficult. The car usually needs to be warm. This is a problem if I need to just park my car or go on short trips.
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i put shifter into 'park'. but, if it doesn't -pop-, the key won't go all the way to 'off' position; hard time getting it out. i'm the original owner and it's been this way since day one. over the years, i've made the 'mistake' of having my car valet parked. and when they couldn't get the key out, instead of jiggling the shifter, as i know to do, they yanked the key out in while it was at the 'ACC' position. so, now it can be yanked out. but if left at 'ACC', after some time, the battery will go dead.
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key wont turn off stuck in the on position have to pull battery to turn off
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car won't go in park, and can't pull the ignition key.
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I parked when I came back the key wont turn.
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I have the same problem the key won't go into the off position because of the shifter. The car was owned by my mother and she hardly used it and said she didn't have the problem. Now that I have it this is happening more and more.02/10/2015.
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My key gets stuck in the ignition and i have to pull my car out of park put it back in giggle the gear shift and then it will catch
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2007 Chevrolet Malibu162,000
car will not shift from park and key will not come out..
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2010 Chevrolet Malibu100,480
Shifter button won't un-engage so you can move it into all gears without the ignition running. Key will not come out of ignition b/c it thinks car is still engaged!! Of course just hit 100000 miles a few days ago.
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2003 Chevrolet Malibu206,000
security-theft light keeps coming on. instead of bypassing that system, i replaced the ignition lock system, cylinder and cage which takes about 40 minutes with relearning the new components. there was already a problem with removing the key. after putting in park, you had to pull back on the shift lever until you hear a click and only then could you turn the key to OFF and remove it. i had to have a tire replaced the other day and forgot to tell the working to not remove the key so i think he forced it out of the ignition and it's all screwed up now. when you get out of the car the master door lock, on the door panel, doesn't work all the time and some of the warnings are beeping like the door is open with the key still in the ignition. i have to put the key back in part way and turn it. i can hear a clicking sound when i do that. the master door lock works when the tumbler system is either turned right but not left. this whole problem started with the shifter knob broke and had to be replaced.
1999 Chevrolet Malibu192,000
The car idles very low. Shakes and vibrates. It will not stay running
2010 Chevrolet Malibu118,000
Key will not come out ignition and the shifter gear can move without car being on.
Key is stuck in ignition thanks to gear shift not going into park all the way.
1997 Chevrolet Malibu104,000
Went to go start the car this morning and it turned over fine well went to take it out and it won't, it's stuck. And now it won't even turn over its locked. Please help just got the car yesterday.
my key is stuck in the car as i am writing this.
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