I had to,replace 3 shifters because it will not release the key. , but why?
My car has 70000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.
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Hello, thank you for writing in. The key becomes locked into the ignition and it will stay there until the computers registers that the vehicle is in park. This is a safety feature so you will not leave the vehicle in gear or in neutral. All automatic transmissions are designed this way. The wiring on these sensors can become disconnected or break. The micro-switch that is engaged when the vehicle is in park may not be registering with the computer. The issue can be related to the shift linkage, the switch, or the shifter. Without doing an inspection on the actual issue, it is hard to tell what the cause may be, and why you would have had to replace the shifter three times. It may be a false diagnosis or a reoccurring issue with those parts from Chevy. There are many of these complaints about the system on similar vehicles. Talk to your technician and find out more about what they have been doing and what they think the issue is. If you are concerned, get a second opinion.
How to Identify and Fix Common car Problems ?
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Tape, glue, and other debris can cause your car key to get stuck in the ignition and can also make it difficult to turn the key to start the car. If this is your issue, pull the key out carefully while wiggling the steering wheel to release the tumblers and, hopefully, pull the debris out too.
Jiggling the key – Another easy method for removing a stuck key is to push down on the key cylinder with your left index finger while simultaneously jiggling the key with your right hand. This can loosen the grasp of the springs and pins located inside the cylinder and allow the key to slide out.
The most common reasons a Chevrolet Equinox key won`t turn are a binding steering column/lock, an ignition switch issue, or a problem with the ignition key. Search our network of RepairPal Certified shops near you to speak with a technician about your issue.
A car key stuck in the ignition that won`t release is usually because of a damaged/worn out car key or the ignition wafers have broken.
This is made as a theft deterrent. Many folks though panic if they accidentally lock the wheel when leaving the car, then find the ignition appears to be locked when they re-insert the key and try to start it.
If your ignition switch is stuck in the accessory position and will not shut off the power to the car, you can put graphite into the tumbler to help with the key; although this will damage the tumbler, you will be able to shut off the power to the vehicle.
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