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Permanent Key Fix
For those of you who have checked out the shift solenoid box wiring, the fuses, the wiring harness, connector, and are still stuck. There is a permanent method that is pretty simple to do and you will never have to worry about your key getting stuck EVER again. I have checked all the previous items above. I even found a broken solder joint on the actuator switch inside the shifter solenoid box. I soldered that back together and still nothing. Sometimes you just have to eliminate this fancy garbage.
DISCLAIMER!!! You do not need this part for your vehicle to run, however, you will be able to turn your key back while the vehicle is in Drive. Just like the old days. So, if you still want this feature on your car for safety reasons, then by all means, take it to the dealer. In my opinion, they are trying to make these cars idiot-proof, which is good, but they slap it together as cheap as possible and it ALWAYS breaks.
What you need to do is:
1) Remove the top and bottom steering column cover.
2) Locate the key manual release button which is part of a white plastic actuator just like in the pictures at the beginning of this thread. This is part of the ignition locking solenoid. This is mounted to the ignition switch with a tab on the top and a Torx screw on the bottom. There are 2 wires in a connector plugged into it. One wire is purple and the other one is black. Yes, the purple wire on this solenoid is the same wire that is plugged into your shifter connector. When you put the car in Park, the purple wire gets battery voltage up to this solenoid and it releases the pin that locks your ignition cylinder from turning all the way back.
3) Unplug the small connector that has the purple and black wires going into it.
4) Using a small screwdriver, push in the release tab on the top of the ignition locking solenoid. It should push away a little bit and you will see a small pin that is sticking out that used to keep you from turning your key back. The pin stays with the ignition locking solenoid.
5) Now, it is up to you if you want to find a very small Torx socket and remove the screw at the bottom, or just break the plastic off by rotating the solenoid. Another option, is you can just leave the top pulled away from the ignition tumbler and save it for later.
6) With the ignition locking solenoid removed, tuck the connector into something so it is out of the way.
7) If you chose to discard the device or leave it hanging out slightly, put the steering column covers back on.
8) Enjoy driving your car without ever having to worry about your key getting stuck ever again. Those of you that have ever disconnected the battery and tried to turn the key and then it wouldn't come back out. That is eliminated too.
I would have added pictures, but the site will not let me. My picture sizes are too big.
Last edited by gearhead514; 08-30-2015 at 02:26 PM.
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