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Ignition lock will not turn to off position so key can be removed

I have a 1985 corvette that will not allow the key to be turned to the release position so the key can be removed. No other problems with the car running or turning off. Just will not make that last turn so key can be removed. Is there some type of cable or interlock to the automatic transmisson tat may be broken or out of adjustment. Can not find any reference to the key interlock in any manuals I have looked at.

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If its a auto then There is a cable that runs from the shifter to the lock cylinder and allows the key to go to lock and release when in park. I had the same issue with my 85 but I just pulled off the shifter cover and sprayed all the cables and what not with wd-40 and as good as new.

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

  • shekat Sep 04, 2010

    The car has to be in reverse to pull the key out.

  • isnamthere Feb 09, 2019

    Thank you for the response. I found the mechanism that locks this particular cylinder and its made of 2 plastic pieces, one of which broke. I even found the OEM part to replace it, but just no instruction. I have it temporarily rigged and was able to get the key out.

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