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Old 02-09-2004, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Key stuck

My mother-in-law has a baja(me=04WRX) and she is having a issue where the key gets stuck. The steering wheel can be fully turned in either direction w/o locking when this happens. The first time it happened was in our drive way after a four hour trip. I tinkered with it for about 5-10mins, then I turned the car on, put it in neutral, turned the car off(key could not come out), put the car in park and then the key came out.
It happened again two days later so she had them come get it. When they got it they said the key game right out( ) but she insisted they check it out. They keep it over night and the next day said they couldnt find a issue.
Well 3 days later and the issue happened again. She called them and they told her to do pretty much what I had to do the first time. After messing w/ it a bit it came out. Well she said she wanted whatever the issue was fixed and they pretty much said they were not sure what it might be.
I think it has to do with park\lever not engaging properly, what do you guys think?
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Old 02-10-2004, 12:28 AM   #2
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it doesn't sound like a park\lever to me. I don't believe that the parking break has anything to do with the release of the key, I am no expert. It sounds more like something with the key lock mechnisiam (sp). The only thing that I can think of is they way that you are putting into park. We had the exact same issue with my mom's 2000 Ford Escape (when she had it). We found that the lever was not fully putting itself into park. We found a way around it by putting it into park twice (park, reverse, park) when it happened. It was verry annoying. The Ford dealiership never could find anything wrong with it. I dought that this helps, but it helps to vent sometimes to get out your frustrations.

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