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I am having trouble getting the keys out of the ignition when I turn the car off. Sometimes there is no trouble and sometimes it can take up to 10 minutes. Do you know what might cause this, and how much I can expect to pay if I take it to a shop? Thanks!

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Sarah, I would call various shops and get quotes for an ignition switch replacement. Often over time the "tumblers" inside the ignition switch can be worn down like glass on a beach. This action sometimes prevents you from pulling the key out. AJ Pierce

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Sarah, It's possible that you have a bad ignition switch. This could cause your key to become stuck and hard to remove. The other problem could be that when you park the vehicle you inadvertently have the wheels turned. This causes the steering wheel to lock and you have to "jiggle" the steering wheel back and forth while trying to remove the key. Next time this happens make sure your wheels are pointing straight ahead and you should have no problem removing the key. Lori Johnson www.ladiesstartyourengines.net

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