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Buick Regal Ignition Key Stuck Due to Failed Shifter

Buick Regal Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002

Average Mileage: 138,319 mi (90,000 mi - 200,000 mi)


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.

  • Visitor, , 200,000 mi

    To remove key, remove the 1 inch plastic cover under the key. Place a bolt or screw driver up in the hole. The key should come out. To stop this from happening again. Place a 1 inch bolt into the hole. Duck tape in place.

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  • Visitor, , 90,000 mi

    Can't immediately remove key from ignition. Sometimes changing parking location will solve it. Sometimes just turning the ignition back on (without starting the car) and moving the shifter to various locations applying the brakes at each position will do the trick. I used to think it was a matter of uneven parking location. I really have no idea what the EXACT problem is AND neither does my mechanic !!!!

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    Key will often become stuck and will have to restart car multiple to get car to finally go into park so key can be removed.

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  •  Enthusiast

    gets stuck from time to time and have to jiggle it and play with the shifter make sure its in park or it really likes to do it.

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