Ignition problem?

Tiny
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2002 Pontiac Grand Prix 59,000 miles. Car starts fine but when turning car off, key won't turn back all the way and I can't get the key out of ignition. Help!
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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 AT 1:30 AM

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Tiny
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That could be either the tumbler broken or the rack assembly in the column. No matter what its gonna have to come apart to find out what happened
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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 AT 2:27 PM
Tiny
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I should say that at some point, the key does come out, but sometimes after 20-30 minutes of trying.
Is this something that an average locksmith could fix or is it a bigger problem? Any idea on how much $$ it could potentially cost to fix? Thanks :)
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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 AT 3:07 PM
Tiny
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Price depends on what is wrong in the column
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Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 AT 3:28 PM
Tiny
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I have a similar problem in a 2000 Grand Prix. At times (not everytime) when I use the trans. Lock override near the shifter, I hear a clicking behind the dash just above the steering column. After I hear this, the key will turn back to the lock position.
Does anyone have any insight into the correlation of the clicking sound and the key turning back correctly?
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Monday, March 26th, 2007 AT 11:26 AM
Tiny
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Might be the shift lock out solenoid sticking or other problem with the lock out system
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Monday, March 26th, 2007 AT 12:41 PM
Tiny
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I corrected my similar problem by replacing the electrical switch which controls the lockout solenoid.

See my post for 2000 Grand Prix DRL and Heater control.
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Friday, March 30th, 2007 AT 2:19 PM

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