Problem Description and Possible Solution
If the key will not come out of ignition, this may be related to problems with the shifter knob sticking and / or binding of the shifter bezel. Replace the shifter knob and / or shifter bezel as needed.
Average mileage: 81,979 (14,300–135,000)
37 people reported this problem
Key was stuck in ignition. Car was parked and off. Disconnected battery and pulled key free. Restarted car, moved it forward and backward before putting in park, and turned car off. Key was stuck again. Again, disconnected battery to free key. Need new battery anyways, so going to replace. Previous commenter said this action stopped the problem for her.
I came in from church last Sunday (June 14, 2015), put my Mercury Milan 2006 (which I love until now!)in park and tried to remove the key. No dice! It's still there - have put a thousand miles or so on the car, tried everything anyone suggested. My daughter final googled it and found your site. I'm calling the Mercury dealer in Lampasas, Texas, to see if they can repair it this week. It makes sense - the car doesn't know that it's in park, so it won't give up the key! One local repair man disconnected the battery and viola - key comes out. Until the next time I drive it. The Ford dealer in Brady, Texas decided I needed a new battery - not!
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Key will not come out of the ignition, car will not completely shut off - killing battery.
Key will not come out of ignition when turned.
Unable to remove ignition key, I removed trim around consul shifter and the consul housing and the bezel at the base of shifter was extended out past a plastic stop plate which prevented the shifter from locking into park thus preventing the ignition key from totally enjaging into its final poaition which enables it to be removed. I pushed the bezel pin in to its original position and this will suffice for a short time before the problem repeats. I have done this about 3 times in the last couple of weeks until I find the solution-hopefully I can do it myself.
problem with the shifter gear.
I have to take fuse out in order to get key out of ignition.
Key stuck for a few days then wouldnt even come out of park
Key is stuck in the ignition.
My key got stuck in the ignition too. But I was lucky that I was able to turn the car on/off, so it was drivable. I replaced the battery during this time, because I was told it consumes battery life and I got the shifter knob replaced. After, my key came out fine and was great again. The part is a whole piece and costs me about $200 from the Ford Dealership.
Key would not come outof ignition. Went to dealer - the got it out but said only that now it's OK.
Key won't come out of ignition
The key is stuck in the ignition switch and the gear shaft knob is stuck and it will not come back to the out position.
The key will not come out of ignition. Took apart shift and found that the car is not making connection in gear when the shift is in park. Took apart the electronic connector and key will come out. It seems there is a fault in the gear when it is in park and will not allow the key to be removed, because the sensor thinks the car is not in park.
The bezel broke inside the shifter and caused the shifter knob/ button to bind. This would not allow me to remove the key from the ignition, I pulled the bezel out of the shifter and the knob released and I was able to remove the key from the ignition.
Key stuck and will not come out. Same issue. Steering column does not lock and I don't hear the click that you normally do when turning it off. Going to shop in the morning! Wondering how much this should cost to repair.
Started as not being able to remove the key all the time and now have trouble geting it out of park.
key would not come out of ignition, and withing the same hour i was unable to put the car in park.
cannot remove key from igniton