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Key stuck in Ignition, Steer Column will not Lock

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Old 03-10-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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Key stuck in Ignition, Steer Column will not Lock

Hey Sport Trac fans, I am on my second Sport Trac! I had an 2003 and sold it and bought a used 2007 V8 4wd.

Recently I stopped at a Lowes store and I could NOT get the key out of the ignition. I noticed that the steering column also did not lock.

I found some recomendations here about a by pass under the cup holder plastic. Tried that I couldnt get it to work.

Any suggestions? I appreciate all help! LOVE THEM SPORT TRACS

Dennis

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Old 03-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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Sounds like the shift lever is out of adjustment.
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:45 AM   #3
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Or it wasn't in PARK




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Try starting it again, put it in Park again, then see if it comes out.
Sometimes mine thinks the key is still in and the door chime goes off even though I have the key out.




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Old 03-19-2012, 07:30 AM   #5
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Thanks But, I have tried all the obvious...

The shifter is in park, However, The steering column will not lock, thus allowing the key to come out... Thanks for your answers so far...
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Pinpoint Test E: The Ignition Key Cannot Be Removed from the Ignition Lock Cylinder


Refer to Wiring Diagrams Cell 13, Power Distribution/SJB for schematic and connector information.


Normal Operation

When the transmission selector lever is placed in a position other than PARK, the key release interlock actuator (part of the ignition switch assembly) prevents the key from being removed from the ignition lock cylinder. The key release interlock actuator receives fused battery voltage from Smart Junction Box (SJB) fuse 8 (15A) along circuit SBP08 (VT/RD). Ground for the solenoid is provided along circuit CDC41 (WH/BN), through the park detection switch (internal to the transmission selector lever) and then along circuit GD138 (BK/WH). When the transmission selector lever is placed in a position other than PARK, the park detection switch applies ground to circuit CDC41 (WH/BN). This prevents the key from being removed from the ignition lock cylinder.
Wonderful, what will they think of next?

I just sent you the diagnosis. Go to Pinpoint "E" for the stuck key issue.




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Old 07-14-2012, 10:28 PM   #7
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I'm having the same issue in my 2010 Explorer. I get that I will have to get it to the dealer, but any temporary fixes appreciated.

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Old 07-14-2012, 11:54 PM   #8
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I was able to remove the key only by disconnecting the battery. I havent taken it to the shop yet ... Please let me know what they say... Does your steering column lock?
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I hadn't thought of disconnecting the power source - thanks! No, my stearing column does not lock.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:41 PM   #10
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how about the key cylinder replace tutorial the ford ranger looks easy the explorer isn't like that 20 dollar fix for ranger easy need documentation for 20 dollar replacement for explorer
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:17 AM   #11
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In my case, it was a faulty pin in the shift lever. While the lever was in park, a small pin was not fully engaging and thus, not registering. The pin had to be replaced.
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