Key stuck in ignition 97 Camry

Joshua Zuniga

Asked by Feb 24, 2016 at 12:08 PM about the 1997 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My key is stuck in the ignition it won't come out. It'll turn
on and such forth but I can not turn it back passed the
acc. Position. Which will not let out my key so my car has
power continuously. Also FYI I know it has to do with the
shift not being able to tell its in park. But as far as what to
do and what to look for I am not sure.

13 Answers

Carlos Garcia

I'm sure it has a sensor it's called neutral sensor if not mistaken it's located on the transmission

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On the bottom of the steering column there should b a little hole stick a ink pen in it and it will push a button that's on a coil

Joshua Zuniga

What does that do?

This vehicle may have a computer controlling this system. "Toyota Shift Interlock System". You might consider referring to the OWNER'S MANUAL. It may describe a procedure for over riding the system so you can remove the key. might have a bad ignition key LOCK. You might try placing the tranny into park then disconnecting the vehicle battery. That should shut down the computer and MIGHT allow you to remove the key. If you now can remove the most likely have a electrical problem...rather than a mechanical problem.

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Joshua Zuniga

Yup that's the only way I can remove the key I've done it several times. Could there be something electrical in the shift? The reason I believe it's in the shift is because when I was upset from bad news I hit it in park harder than I should have and ever since that the key has been stuck. you see a small PLASTIC COVER that is ;located just left of the gear shift PARK position?

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Joshua Zuniga

Also it can shift with out pressing the brake

Joshua Zuniga

Yes I do. I have tried pushing that. Before.

If you have a cover...the cover must be removed and a switch under the cover must be pushed. appears you will most likely have to start removing the CONSOLE assembly in order to gain asses to the shift interlock system. Mechanical and electrical diagnosis follows. NOT a simple job for the typical DIY'er.

Joshua Zuniga

Well hopefully I'll figure it out.

Joshua Zuniga

Thanks for heading me in the right direction.

That HARSH shift into park may have broken a plastic switch. Inspect very closely with a strong light when you remove that console. Good Luck

Tony Ciccotelli

Josh....did you ever resolve the issue with this vehicle?

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