90 Accord trouble getting ignition key out of lock

Discussion in 'Accord' started by road apple, May 21, 2004.

  1. road apple

    road apple Guest

    There is some problem in the ignition switch that prevents your turning
    the key to the locked position. It is not a key problem. A new
    origional key has same problem. Usually, if you turn the key counter
    clockwise VERY slowly while pushing in, it will lock. Then the key can
    be removed. If it is going to lock, you will hear a small "tink" sound
    just as the key turns. If you don't hear the "tink" it dosen't lock.
    Inserting the key and turning clockwise to start is no problem. I
    tried taking the whole mess apart to the point where the manual said
    "remove the twe small screws and remove the lock". Two of us looked
    for moe than a hour and could not find any small screws. Anyone have
    an idea?? Thanks
    road apple, May 21, 2004
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    Artfulcodger Guest

    Try jiggling the steering wheel with one hand as you attempt to remove the
    key from the ignition.
    That always works for me.

    Artfulcodger, May 21, 2004
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    Kenny Guest

    Possibly the transmission linkage requires adjusting by your dealer?

    I had a very similar problem after the Honda dealer installed a new
    transmission. Returned it to them, and they had it adjusted in a
    matter of minutes. No problems since.

    Kenny, May 21, 2004
  4. road apple

    road apple Guest

    The problem went away for now. Will try your ideas when it reserfaces.


    road apple, May 23, 2004
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    STS Guest

    I had the very same problem and the solution is simple.
    There is a switch , I forgot the exact name, attached to the
    automatic shifter (inside the shifter assembly) which senses the
    position of the handle and releases the key only when in Parking position.
    In my case there was no witness light showing the position
    (gear) and first occured in the winter then no problem
    for a while then it went dead as I could not remove the key no more
    You can buy that part from any Honda dealer and install it yourself.
    STS, May 24, 2004
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