Cadillac Catera Problems

Shift Lever May Not Go Into "Park" on Automatic Transmissions on Cadillac Catera

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

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Average mileage: 98,543 (6,200–150,000)
5 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001
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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.
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
Went to take the kids to school this morning and the car would not come outta park. After a few minutes and some choice words it finally did but nit without a big old clunk.
couldn't get key out of switch. dealer said I need a new ignition and the housing. cost is 900 ish! Huh?