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: 70,121 (30,000–137,000)
5 model years affected: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, more2012
32 people reported this problem
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2007 Lincoln MKZ 30,000 mi,
Key stuck in ignition, the trans shifter works fine, car starts fine, just can't remove key!
key stuck in ignition, only comes out when disconnect battery cables,taking to dealer next week
2007 Lincoln MKZ 40,000 mi,
Key won't come out of ignition
2007 Lincoln MKZ 55,000 mi,
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 MKZ 75,258 mi,
Key stuck in ignition switch, I had ot disconnect battery to emove key.
2007 Lincoln MKZ 65,000 mi,
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 MKZ 43,436 mi,
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 MKZ 90,200 mi,
My key is stuck in the ignition lock of my car and can not start or won't come out. How do I resolve this issue
2007 Lincoln MKZ 45,000 mi,
key stuck in ignition cannot remove
2007 Lincoln MKZ 99,500 mi,
Can't take key out of ignition. Second time it happened. Four months ago I had the same problem. Bezel replaced but 4 months later, it is happening again.
2007 Lincoln MKZ 92,000 mi,
Key stuck in the car.
2008 Lincoln MKZ 90,000 mi,
key stuck in ignition -tries moving steering wheel - in and out of gears,will not come out!
2007 Lincoln MKZ 113,000 mi,
Key stuck in the ignition, unable to remove key. Have to take it to the dealership.
2009 Lincoln MKZ 57,287 mi,
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 MKZ 55,000 mi,
Key is stuck in ignition.
2007 Lincoln MKZ 81,000 mi,
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 MKZ 90,000 mi,
The ignition key would not come out. The seats would not retract back when the vehicle was turned off.