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Key stuck in ignition, gear locked in park

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I recently lost the ability to remove my key from the ignition or to move my car from park without using the over ride buttons. Any ideas why? Curiously, I was having an issue with the engine dying in extreme heat prior to this. The traction control warning would activate. My mechanic suspected an issue with the transmission but we could never figure it out for sure. Now that the key and shifter are locked I have no problems with it dying.
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Check your battery.
 

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I suspect it's the shifter. You can't remove the key until the shiftier is in park. And, you can't move the shifter from park unless you're stepping on the brake. It seems like something with the shifter is broken or out of adjustment.
 

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Haha, I have 1 keychain and 3 keys. I think it's likely a manufacturing issue.
? just checking... my sister in law has a keychain from everywhere on the planet and one key for the car. Can’t be good for the ignition.

Anyways... pull up the bezel and check to see if everything is good with the shifter. I’ve seen the linkage come apart and cause starting issues and keys getting locked up in the ignition.
 

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I recently lost the ability to remove my key from the ignition or to move my car from park without using the over ride buttons. Any ideas why? Curiously, I was having an issue with the engine dying in extreme heat prior to this. The traction control warning would activate. My mechanic suspected an issue with the transmission but we could never figure it out for sure. Now that the key and shifter are locked I have no problems with it dying.
I had the same problem and the dealer replaced my computer to the tune of about $700, this included labor and I have not had a problem with the key since
 
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