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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:45 pm    Post subject: Grrrr ! Key stuck in ignition Reply with quote

Also the button you press to move the shifter into different gears is stuck in ...What you guys think? .... Bad Cable?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Try working the button around. Alot of times if something like that is stuck, enough prodding, moving, shifting, etc. will cause it to release from whatever it's catching on. A little bit of silicone lube wouldn't hurt either. My guess is the ignition won't release the key because the shifter won't lock into park with the button pressed. Mind you, this is all speculation, since my 9C1 has a column shifter.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:54 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

This same thing happend to me about two years ago. It started with the button on the floor shifter being stuck "pressed in." This messed with the shifter/ignition/brake pedal/steering wheel interlock system, causing the ignition to not release the key. There is a small electronic module inside the shifter assembly in the shifter mechanisim that tells the system when the button is pressed, to release ignition, etc... I really do not know how it works, but on mine it went bad. The bad part, is that module is not its own part, in my case I had to order the entire shifter assembly to replace it. Being that I am a cheapskate, I simply detached the cable that runs up to the interlock system, freeing my ignition, sterring wheel AND the whatever it is that keeps you from shifting into park and reverse while the car moves forward. I can post pictures of what I did when I get home, but remember, my method REMOVES THE SHIFT SAFETY SYSTEM SO BE CAREFUL!!!
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