Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder on Chevrolet Monte Carlo

The automatic transmission shifter may fail, or a wire may break near the shifter causing the ignition key to become stuck in the ignition lock cylinder.

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Average mileage: 123,587 (59,000–200,000)
10 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
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2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 138,000 mi,
Ignition key will not turn to off position, I have to unhook the battery cables to make sure my battery will not die and reattach them every time I start the car
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 120,000 mi,
key stuck in ignition and shifter is stuck in park monte carlo 2006
my ignition wont lock and has drain my battery I have had a new shifter put in about three months ago and now having the same problem with the key.
1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 181,000 mi,
key turns and car starts but shifter is stuck in park. havent taken it in to shop yet. no money but wd 40 seems to be working for now. what could be the problem?
2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 120,500 mi,
Key stuck in ignition. Was able to remove key while electronics were still on but not able to fully turn off.
1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 153,763 mi,
Key stick in ignition, before this happened I noticed the shifter felt a little stiff when putting up into park. Haven't fixed it yet, looking for a solution.
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 118,000 mi,
keys will not come out of the ignition
got stuck in ignition wouldnt start or move
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 102,000 mi,
I had the same issue where the key was stuck and I could not get the car out of park. They were able to repair the wires in the shifter for about $275. Had they not been able to repair them, it would have cost me $1,000 for a brand new set of wires. I am now having an issue where I can't push in the shifter knob to get it out of park. Back to the shop I go.
1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 159,000 mi,
key stuck in ignition
2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 200,000 mi,
Went to start up the car the shifter was stuck and now the key is stuck in the ignition
2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 129,500 mi,
Key is stuck in ignition cylinder. When shifted into park, doors will unlock but the shifter button will not retract and hit my fingers.. not only that but the DIC warning displays engine hot ac off the chk eng light is on and my temp instrument is at cold at all times. Personally i think is that this batch of canadian made chevys are the problem.. the easiest way to find out is whether it is a american made or canadian made is simple as finding a 1 or 2 at the beginning of the VIN number, 1 is USA 2 is canada.. first time buying a "non american"- american made car and its a nightmare,, thinking of breaking my loyalty to chevys and buying a damn nissan
2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 120,000 mi,
Dhe keywhen car is startet goin out to easy
2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 151,000 mi,
The key won't go to the off position on ignition. Stays just to the right. Can still remove my key, but, nothing shuts off. I have to hook a battery charger to my car to keep the battery charged. I didn't have this problem until the transmission was replaced
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 80,105 mi,
Rod inside gear shift broke. I removed it and tht seemed to fix the problem for a few months. Now it happened again. Can't remove key. Car is in park but it doesn't recognize it.
2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 123,000 mi,
When I put my car in park the key won't turn off I can hear a faint clicking sound in the shifter but it's like the transmission is not clicking into park mode. This not letting the shifter release into park so I can take my key out it only does it even now an then an I also have a problem with the shift knob not wanting to release to put it in drive
2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 110,000 mi,
Key wont come out
1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 160,000 mi,
When I go to turn the car off my keys wont turn all the way off so I can get them out
2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 146,000 mi,
While at the garage fixing a module in the dashboard the mechanic had the key lock in position and could not get it out. He had to replace the ignition and key