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Q: Key stuck in ignition

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My key is stuck in the ignition.

A: If the key is turning to the “lock” positio...

If the key is turning to the “lock” position and won’t come out, the lock cylinder is faulty. If it is not turning all the way back, there is a solenoid that is malfunctioning in the steering column. That solenoid prevents you from removing the key unless the transmission is in park. Several things can be the cause, the solenoid itself, wiring, or the park sensor. A qualified mechanic from YourMechanic can come out and visually inspect your key ignition to see what repairs need to be made.

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