On the automatic transmission models, the shift lever may not shift completely into "Park". This can result in the key being stuck in the ignition lock cylinder. Care should be taken to insure the shift lever fully engages the "Park" position. Replacing the shifter may be necessary to correct this concern.
Shift Lever May Not Go Into "Park" on Automatic Transmissions on Cadillac Catera
Average mileage: 97,572 (6,200–150,000)
14 people reported this problem
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Frequently I can't remove the key after putting the transmission in park. I have to put it in drive and then back in park. The dealer replaced the steering column ignition key unit and this did not fix the problem. Later the dealer service manager said to bring it in for an adjustment. Another dealer told me there was no adjustment.
1998 Cadillac Catera120,000Visitor
shifter will not lock into park. This causes the key to be hard to get out and then the car dings when door is open as if the key is still in it
1997 Cadillac CateraVisitor
I have this same issue - my keys gets stuck in the ignition.
1999 Cadillac Catera134,000Visitor
shifter will not come out of park
1997 Cadillac Catera6,200Visitor
couldn't get key out of switch. dealer said I need a new ignition and the housing. cost is 900 ish! Huh?
2001 Cadillac Catera150,000Visitor
The shifter lever sticks. It is really hard to move.
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