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Old 01-17-2003, 07:29 AM   #1
 
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Default 1990 Accord-Cannot Remove Key from Ignition

Periodically, I cannot remove the key from the ignition. My wife and I have seperate keys, same problem. Are the keys too warn. Suggestions?
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Is it Automatic?
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Default Re: 1990 Accord-Cannot Remove Key from Ignition (RaceTilIDie)

Will the car still turn off? I have a '93 accord and I had the same problem. The key got stuck and the car wouldnt turn off. The ignition is probably worn out, you need a new one, which means you now have seperate keys for door and ignition.
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Default Re: 1990 Accord-Cannot Remove Key from Ignition (RaceTilIDie)

Yes, It is an automatic. The Brake/shift sensor (the release for the shifter when the brake is applied) is sporatic . It fails when cold.
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It could be the Shifter lock mechanism out of alignment. If it's not in the right spot for Park, you can't take the key out. Do you have a manual for your car? Try forcing the shifter back and forth while trying to get the key out.
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Default Re: 1990 Accord-Cannot Remove Key from Ignition (RaceTilIDie)

It is definately the shift lock mechanism cause mine does the same thing. Just throw it in park hard or sometimes if you let off the brake it sometime will like make a "click" noise and it will show on the dash that it is in park, then the key will come out.
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Okay, thanks, but what needs to be done to repair it? I am skilled. Or, is it cost prohibitive?
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Yes, It seems it's the Shoft-lock mechanism ( see other posts). Other Comments?
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It's usually the shift position switch. You may be able to clean and adjust it. They get dirt on the contacts. Click the image to open in full size.
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Default Re: 1990 Accord-Cannot Remove Key from Ignition (rscawley)

Hey RS,
Its the shifter as everyone said. I came across this as well when I had changed the stock shifter with a more stylish aftermarket one. Try to take off the shifter **** and see if anything is warn.

When you take off the ****, the shift rod has a lever coming out of a the cylinder. Try to shift the car by pushing the lever in. You should be able to shift. Shift it back to park and turn off the car. If you can take out the key then its the ****. You can find those at any junkyard.

You should be all set. Let me know if you got questions
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Remove panel under steering wheel and metal plate behind it. There should be a 6 pin plug. Look at cheasy pic I made looking at pins on key side of this plug. With key in the switch, there should be continuity between C,E,and F. With key out should be continuity between just E &F.

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