My key won't come out of the ignition when I turn the car of

Asked by Nov 02, 2015 at 12:57 PM about the 2006 Dodge Charger SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1 Answer

45

TAYLOR, Yor problem is one that has plagued vehicles since the inception of NHTS safety requirements of a shift interlock which prevents the car from being knocked out of park,,causing cars to coast unintentionally and with deadly results at times, into objects, people or traffic. There is an interlock device, which prevents the key from being fully rotated to the LOCK position , unless the shifter is fully in PARK. On early vehicles, this was a cable, which could be adjusted,operating a solenoid, which only operated when the foot brake was engaged. on newer vehicles, the cable was eliminated, and computer controlled solenoids were used exclusively to determine the input status of the brake pedal,Puashed or not pushed, and the position of the gear selector itself. the computer then sends an output command to another solenoid to allow the key to "LOCK", and the key released. On your Charger, I believe the cable has been eliminated, I am not sure if there is still an adjustment possible, but your problem MAY BE either a damaged wire, connector, or one of the solenoids itself. ALSO POSSIBLE is an internal malfunction of the processor{S} that control these solenoids, or one of the INPUT signals that tell the processors what gear you are in,{TRANSMISSION RANGE SENSOR or wiring. Its important to remember that cars are not purely mechanical devices anymore, ther are many,many individual modules {processors,computers,, call them what you wish} all of which "speak to each other over a BUSS circuit} long story short, if no broken or corroded wiring is found, the best, and believe it or not, often the cheapest, answer is take it to the DODGE dealer, who can connect a scan tool to determine the fault. Your local garage MAY be able to "fix" it, but may also hang parts, EXPENSIVE parts in an effort, hit or miss which can end up being MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE than the dealer route. Hope this helps at least understand the problem.

Your Answer

Dodge Charger Experts

  • #1
    Supanovah
    Reputation
    2,230
  • #2
    Willie Francis
    Reputation
    2,140
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    860
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
565 Great Deals out of 38,775 listings starting at $1,895
Used Chrysler 300
327 Great Deals out of 19,354 listings starting at $900
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,032 Great Deals out of 71,542 listings starting at $1,195
Used Chevrolet Corvette
164 Great Deals out of 17,392 listings starting at $3,000
Used Chevrolet Impala
566 Great Deals out of 34,352 listings starting at $900
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,571 Great Deals out of 173,253 listings starting at $955
Used Dodge Durango
337 Great Deals out of 24,088 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford F-150
3,111 Great Deals out of 218,905 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Accord
1,102 Great Deals out of 71,939 listings starting at $1,100
Used Nissan Maxima
316 Great Deals out of 21,720 listings starting at $999
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
798 Great Deals out of 41,559 listings starting at $1,987
Used Dodge Ram 1500
423 Great Deals out of 11,086 listings starting at $2,000
Used BMW 3 Series
1,072 Great Deals out of 32,581 listings starting at $1,200

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Dodge Charger SE For Sale
1,081 listings starting at $19,300
2016 Dodge Charger SE For Sale
7 Great Deals out of 353 listings starting at $13,995
2015 Dodge Charger SE For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 517 listings starting at $12,500
2014 Dodge Charger SE For Sale
28 Great Deals out of 764 listings starting at $8,990

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.