Anyone know of any issue that would commonly keep the key from being
turned to the "off" position? Started maybe a month and a half ago
where every now and then I would have to play with the key, shifter, and
brake pedal for a while until I could turn the key all the way to "off"
so that I could remove the key. Just this evening it happened again and
no amount of playing, starting/stopping engine, whatever would get the
key to release. I was resigned to leaving the key in the car overnight
and then having to drop it off somewhere and take my pickemup truck to
my 11AM meeting.
Now when I came inside the house, I realized that there was nobody home
and therefore my friend's truck was not in the garage as I thought, so
my car was blocking his path back into the garage. So I went back out,
moved the car to the yard beside the driveway, and the key came right
out. Only thing I could think that is pertinent is that when parked in
the driveway the car was sitting nose up; when in the yard was pretty
close to level, maybe slightly nose down. But after this happened I
pulled back into the driveway again and was able to remove the key, then
parked car in the yard a second time and was also able to remove the key.
1) when the issue occurs, the key is in the very first position forward
from "off." Only the "brake" warning light and PRNDL indication are
lit, and the heater fan is not running. If I had to, could I leave the
car like this overnight, or if this happens again, should I hook up a
trickle charger so as not to run down the battery? Car has a little
over 50K miles on it and still has original battery, although I have no
reason to believe that the battery is in anything other than fine shape
(it's never run dead, I've not experienced slow cranking even on cold
2) I'd really like to get this fixed before the car goes off lease (I
think I may buy it) in another 20K miles, but seeing as the problem is
intermittent and does not occur often, I'm not sure if taking it in now
will be productive. Does anyone know if there is a TSB or anything like
that regarding this kind of issue, and/or is there a common problem
where if I take the car in and describe the issue as I have above, the
service writer will say "oh, yeah, it's your doomaflatchey" and
replacing the doomaflatchey will actually fix the problem for at least
another 50K miles, hopefully more?
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