The Ignition Key May Become Stuck in the Ignition Lock Cylinder on Lincoln MKZ

The ignition key may become stuck in the ignition lock, possibly associated with a binding shifter bezel. Our technicians tell us that if the shifter knob is sticking or the shifter bezel is binding the affected part should be replaced.

Average mileage: 68,899 (30,000–137,000)
4 model years affected: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012
27 people reported this problem
19 people shared problem details
key stuck in ignition, only comes out when disconnect battery cables,taking to dealer next week
2007 Lincoln MKZ30,000
Key stuck in ignition, the trans shifter works fine, car starts fine, just can't remove key!
2007 Lincoln MKZ55,000
key stuck in ignition, no advance warning just parked and wouldn't come out. The cost to fix $735, how crazy is that? Shouldn't happen on a vehicle with this low milage
2007 Lincoln MKZ40,000
Key won't come out of ignition
2007 Lincoln MKZ43,436
Could not remove key from ignition. After calling dealer to see what could be the problem (with no call back). I pried the chrome oval around the shifter and removed the small broken pieces that were left inside (tabs). Never had problem again!
2007 Lincoln MKZ45,000
KEY STUCK IN IGNITION
2007 Lincoln MKZ65,000
Shifter sticking in park, key stuck in ignition.
key wont come out, steering wheel and shifter not locked.. sounds like the shift button is stuck.. like report number 1
2007 Lincoln MKZ92,000
Key stuck in the car.
2007 Lincoln MKZ75,258
Key stuck in ignition switch, I had ot disconnect battery to emove key.
2008 Lincoln MKZ90,000
key stuck in ignition -tries moving steering wheel - in and out of gears,will not come out!
2007 Lincoln MKZ113,000
Key stuck in the ignition, unable to remove key. Have to take it to the dealership.
2009 Lincoln MKZ57,287
KEY STUCK IN INGINITON
Key stuck in the ignition and shifter works fine. This problem started this morning and there have been times that it does come out.
2007 Lincoln MKZ55,000
Key is stuck in ignition.
2007 Lincoln MKZ81,000
Key would not come out; shifter knob stuck; physically hit it (did not have a hammer handy) and blew in graphite. Works most to the time since, but not trust it more than a temporary fix. Now to call a good mechanic...
2007 Lincoln MKZ90,000
The ignition key would not come out. The seats would not retract back when the vehicle was turned off.
I can turn the car on and off but cannot remove the keys from the ignition.
2007 Lincoln MKZ69,000
My key is sticking. If I drive it around after putting it in park and shutting it off I can get it out.
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