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Q: Key stuck in ignition of 2008 Chrysler Town & Country

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I can't get my key out of the ignition.

Hi. This is a fairly common issue with the Town and County’s around this time. There is a module in the ignition that communicates with the car’s computer and won’t let you remove the key if it doesn’t believe the car is in park. Starting the engine and re-shifting the vehicle back into park may let you remove the key, or you can disconnect the negative terminal of the battery for a few minutes to reset the computer as a temporary workaround. If this doesn’t help, the key and/or the tumblers in the lock cylinder may be worn down and would need to be replaced. A certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, would be able to help you diagnose the key issue further.

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