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The subject line pretty much says it all. The key’s stuck in the ignition in my ’05 Mustang and won’t pull out. The switch won’t quite return to the discharge position, hence the problem. Not sure if it’s drawing power from the battery or not. Anyone else have this problem and know a solution, or do I have to turn it into the dealer for a new lock mechanism? :headscratch:
 

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Is the wheel lock possibly causing this? Try moving the wheel back and forth while trying to remove the key.

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try turning the key on and moving the shifter back to park. there is also a brake transmission shift interlock switch that prevents the shifter from moving without your foot on the brake and the key from being removed. there is a override switch for it under the little oval cap on the rt side of the shifter bezel.
 

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Thanks for the help guys.

It does have an auto trans and it was just missing being in park all the way by a quarter of an inch. Keys came right out once I corrected that. Seems like a weird feature to me, I guess they consider it a safety thing?
 

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Thanks for the help guys.

It does have an auto trans and it was just missing being in park all the way by a quarter of an inch. Keys came right out once I corrected that. Seems like a weird feature to me, I guess they consider it a safety thing?
Correct, it's a safety feature
 

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Odd thing is that the car started normally, which is what threw me. I didn’t think it would start if it wasn’t in park all the way. Guess there’s multiple sensors/switches for the separate functions.
 

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Odd thing is that the car started normally, which is what threw me. I didn’t think it would start if it wasn’t in park all the way. Guess there’s multiple sensors/switches for the separate functions.
you can do a little test. put your foot on the brake, turn the key to on and move the shifter handle to each position. if the car will crank in any position besides park, the shifter cable is out of adjustment
 
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