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Ford Ranger XLT

Why would the ignition key not turn to the off position?

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2011-09-13 17:23:51
2011-09-13 17:23:51

The cable from the shifter is out of adjustment. I tried for several hours on my Saturn to coax the key out. What ended up working for me was a result of the rage of just having my car service and having this crop up. I hit the shifter HARD when it was in the park position and that apparently jarred whatever was causing the stick loose. (Probably not the best approach to fixing this...it hurt my hand and probably the car, but I did manage to get the key out with repeatable success.)

AnswerEither the cable shifter is out of adjustment, like the first answer suggested, or the lock cylinder itself is bad, which is what you insert the key into.
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