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post #16 of 29 Old 03-03-2009, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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sometimes the shifter doesnt see the car in P, so it wont let the key out, you have to hold the brake and slide the shifter in D then back in P with the car off and key on..it should work. same **** happend to me as well..
Well, that worked!! Son of a B, it worked!!! Why would the shifter not see that it's in PARK in the first place. Would it be the NSS (cuz it starts fine in Park and Neutral). Is there some other lock out system? Is there some adjustment? Any way you just saved me $150 and a day of grief. I owe you a beer, or a drink, or a soda. Thanks!!
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I hate to revive this thread, but this is happening again. It seems the "fix" earlier only worked for a while. So my new question is, is there anything (electrical or mechanical) in the shift linkage like an adjustment or sensor that would make the car not think it's in Park.

It only starts in P or N so I don't believe it's an NSS problem but since this is the only vehicle I've ever had where the key is actually "stuck".

Any suggestions are welcome.
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I think there is something on the transmission that tells the ecu you are in park. Let me look in the FSM....

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There is a PNP switch (Park/Nuetral position switch) on the transmission. That sounds like your problem.


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happens once and awhile for me too, but i know its from my pnp switch

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Any problems going in the ignition and turning on? Its likely a shifter issue if not...do you hear a click noise when moving your shifter to park???
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this just started happening to me a couple weeks ago in my 1.8

at first, i would have to turn the wheel a good bit before the key would come out (without the power steering, i was afraid i was going to break something).

then a couple days later i started turning the car off, putting it in neutral, taking out the key, and putting it back in park.

now if i jiggle the key in and out of the ignition while simultaneously turning it towards the '0' position, it will eventually turn all the way so i can remove the key (takes 3 or 4 tugs to work usually).

what can i do to resolve the issue with the PNP switch? is that something i should take to the dealership, or is that something i can tackle on my own? its not really a big deal, just a little annoying for now.
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this just started happening to me a couple weeks ago in my 1.8

at first, i would have to turn the wheel a good bit before the key would come out (without the power steering, i was afraid i was going to break something).

then a couple days later i started turning the car off, putting it in neutral, taking out the key, and putting it back in park.

now if i jiggle the key in and out of the ignition while simultaneously turning it towards the '0' position, it will eventually turn all the way so i can remove the key (takes 3 or 4 tugs to work usually).

what can i do to resolve the issue with the PNP switch? is that something i should take to the dealership, or is that something i can tackle on my own? its not really a big deal, just a little annoying for now.
see if this is part of the problem. this will determine your linkage. when it wont come out.

1. put it in N with the e-brake up

2. take out the rubber cup holder insert out the cup holders.

3. pull directly up from the cup holders, that whole thing will pop up.

4. on the left side of the lever, the linkage lies there, you will want to push that linkage forward or backwards and hold it while you get your keys out

5. PnP senses car is in park since thats the correct position, and keys come out with ease.
6. put car back into park

i will have pics in a second, as thats what i jsut had to do to get my keys out. it works.

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Chiquae's explanation also worked. I'm just glad I didn't have to replace that damn cylinder.

Somehow I knew that there had to be a positional switch and now that's actually fixed. Haven't had the problem again. Thanks to all.

And Chiquae, good explanation and pics.
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your welcome. i just had to do it again yesterday.

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Yet again, autotragic FTL.
It happened to my manual b15 too, and it wasn't anywhere near as simple as adjusting a switch on the linkage

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It happened to my manual b15 too, and it wasn't anywhere near as simple as adjusting a switch on the linkage
Sounds like user error to me.

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Chiquae's explanation also worked. I'm just glad I didn't have to replace that damn cylinder.

Somehow I knew that there had to be a positional switch and now that's actually fixed. Haven't had the problem again. Thanks to all.

And Chiquae, good explanation and pics.
Update on this old thread:

The linkage adjustment is STILL working so you were right. Thanks again.
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