Volvo S70 stuck ignition key

Discussion in 'Volvo S70' started by GOODS_DC, Feb 13, 2004.


    GOODS_DC Guest

    I'm having a problem with our 1999 Volvo S70. Every time we turn the car
    off, the key is not able to come out of the ignition. It seems as though the
    button on the gear shift knob is pushed in when it should be out. If you
    play with the button on the gear shift knob, it will eventually come out and
    we are then able to take the key from the ignition.

    Does anyone know what is causing this problem and if so, what would be the


    GOODS_DC, Feb 13, 2004
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    Mike F Guest

    The linkage between the button and the cable needs to be lubricated at
    the base of the shifter, or the cable itself has slightly come out of
    place or needs lubrication. (The cable takes the button motion up to
    the ignition lock preventing the key from being removed in any shifter
    position except park, and with the button out.) I've had this problem
    with both of my '98s, one was the cable needing repositioning, the other
    was lubing of the linkage under the knob. In the meantime, I found that
    slapping the gearshift knob caused the button to pop out.

    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    NOTE: new address!!
    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
    Mike F, Feb 13, 2004
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    GOODS_DC Guest

    Thanks for the info Mike. I got the car back from the shop at the dealership
    and they lubricated the knob linkage. They didn't even charge me. Thanks
    once again.

    GOODS_DC, Feb 14, 2004

    Big Dick Guest

    It is not uncommon to have to replace the gear shift knob assembly.
    The hinge part of the release button has broken and causes the button
    to bind and not release to the normal rest position.
    When this happens, the only fix is to replace the complete knob unit.
    Big Dick, Feb 14, 2004
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