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Q: key stuck in ignition on 2006 Ford Escape

about three weeks ago my key started to get stuck in the ignition. i was able to get it out after a few trys but now its been sytuck for three days. everything else seems to be fine.
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A couple of things to check: see if the shifter is detented completely into park; sometimes a binding shift lever (cola sticks the mechanism exteremly well).
The next most common issue is a bent key, even just slightly will bind the tumblers in an ignition cylinder.
I have the same problem. the key won't come out and the ignition will not turn back all the way when it happens only lets you turn it forward.
I've had the same problem for 2 years. My friend has a Fusion and it happens to her too. She told me after the car is off to shift to drive, then back to park. 90% of the time the key will come out. The other 10% I leave the key in the car. I have a detachable key chain and I put the automatic door opener on the other 1/2 then lock the door from the outside.
Same problem on my 2009 Ford Escape.
Noticed with the engine off I could move the shifter
out of park, which should not happen.
After working the shifter until it locked into park
I was able to remove the key. Hope the problem
does not get worse!
I have the same problem until I can get it to the shop, I remove the ignition fuse and the key comes out fine. Then put the fuse back in. its a pain but until I get it looked at this is my band aid
I had the same problem on my 2005 escape.I just pulled the shifter back and then into park firmly and the key would come out
Have a few other people try to get it out. For some reason, my wife can get it out and I can't. This has been a recurring issue for us - always when you least expect it.
depress and quickly release (snap) button on shifter knob. This worked on 1996 Ford Fusion with 99K miles.
I was installing a aftermarket stereo after which i could not remove the ignition key. Problem was a small screw dropped behind the shifter not allowing the shifter to go all the way into park.
Removed the extra screw -problem fixed. So any
Small object behind the shifter like phone charger mini usb connector could cause the problem.
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