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Old 04-29-2013, 06:29 PM
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Default Ignition Sometimes Won't Release Key

I have a 1998 with an intermittent problem. About half of the time when I park the car and turn the engine off, the ignition key won't come out right away.

Sometimes all I have to do is wait a minute or so, and listen for a sort of "kachoong" sound coming from the floor shifter area, then at that point I know I can turn the cylinder all the way back and remove the key. Other times I just have to take my chances and leave the key in until the next time I drive.

Is something just slightly out of adjustment, perhaps? Like the transmission isn't fully engaging in Park somehow? Or is the problem more electrical in nature?
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:59 PM
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The Kachoong you describe sounds like the shifter isn't sitting in its detents correctly. Try popping off the bezel around the shifter and see if you can see what is going on in there.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:15 PM
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i have this issue after my ignition cylinder had to be replaced... i have to push the shifter a bit more forward and the key will release...

let me know if this helps!
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