Key Stuck in Ignition Lock Cylinder on Buick Regal

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: 131,103 (50,000–200,000)
6 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2002, 2003
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2000 Buick Regal200,000
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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2002 Buick Regal90,000
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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1999 Buick Regal195,000
When I park my car the key won't turn back enough to get it out of the ignition, I can turn it forward part way and get it out but the car is still almost on and will die if left in this state. I usually have to shift out of park and back a little harder, wait until my car does a little shift back and then pull the key out. Sometimes this takes a couple tries. I haven't yet taken it to a shop to fix
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My key wont come out!
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2000 Buick Regal130,000
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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In Canada, Key gets stuck in ignition, because key can't be moved all the way off position, I hear a click 90% quieter than door locks, When the keys finally release, now the key comes out while ign still on while engine stopped. Battery drains if left in this state. sometimes using lots of electricity helps. ie locking and unlocking windows headlights on rear def on etc.other times not. Can take 5 min to 5 hrs before ign can be shut off, have had many a dead battery from forgetting to keep checking after a couple of hours. Milage ? 175,000 KM odometer works very intermittently, as does the info bar to the lower left of steering wheel. where fog light switches are, these idiot lights work more often than odometer. Have checked most grounds. Has a myriad of intermittent electrical probs
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2003 Buick Regal50,000
can not remove key
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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