2016 Saturn Ion ignition switch key

Tiny
JOE1953
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  • 2016 SATURN ION
  • 2.2L
  • V8
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 148,000 MILES
When I turn the engine off I can't take the key out of the ignition switch I don't no is the gear shift going all the way into park or not sometime I have to start the engine again and push the gear shift forward before I can take the key out of the ignition switch what could be the cause?
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 AT 6:01 PM

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Tiny
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So you have a 2006 not a 2016 ion?Also next time it does it just play with shifter release button instead of moving the shifter and see if key turns off?Most likely you have a bad shift interlock micro switch. Really common on those cars I have replaced alot of them on those cars for the key not turning off. Its a factory part only. Let know I have the part number they sell them on ebay.
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 AT 6:57 PM
Tiny
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Yes I have a 2006 Saturn Ion, I play with the shifter release button but I still can't pull the key out when I turn the engine of look like the key don't turn county closewise enough how do I fix this?
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 AT 5:11 PM
Tiny
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Without me actually looking at it all I can say is it sounds like a bad shifter interlock micro switch at the base of you shifter. Thats the most common thing I have seen cause that on those cars.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 AT 8:22 PM
Tiny
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How do I replace the shifter interlock micro switch?
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 AT 11:00 PM
Tiny
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You have to remove the center console then you can get the solenoid/switch combo out to replace it. Are you good at taking things apart and putting them back together again?
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Sunday, October 25th, 2015 AT 8:34 AM
Tiny
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Yes when I watch closely when I take things apart. Is this a big job how long it take to replace the shifter interlock micro switch?
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Sunday, October 25th, 2015 AT 11:24 AM
Tiny
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I can do one in about 20mins so maybe a hour for you its not that big of a job.
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Monday, October 26th, 2015 AT 8:13 AM
Tiny
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I would pull the console first make sure the micro switch is being pressed properly by the shifter assembly to make sure thats not sticking/hanging up somewhere before changing the switch.
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Monday, October 26th, 2015 AT 8:15 AM

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