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Chevrolet Malibu Ignition Key Stuck Due to Failed Shifter

Chevrolet Malibu Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014

Average Mileage: 99,647 mi (5,000 mi - 170,000 mi)


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

  • Visitor, , 94,000 mi

    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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  •  Rookie

    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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  • Visitor, , 98,589 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 40,000 mi

    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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  • Visitor, , 45,000 mi

    car won't go in park, and can't pull the ignition key.

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  • Visitor, , 25,000 mi

    key wont turn off stuck in the on position have to pull battery to turn off

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  •  Rookie

    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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  • Visitor, , 78,000 mi

    I parked when I came back the key wont turn.

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