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

35

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
    2,220
  • #2
    Willie Francis
    Reputation
    2,130
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    850
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
554 Great Deals out of 35,343 listings starting at $1,200
Used Chrysler 300
331 Great Deals out of 17,892 listings starting at $1,295
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
870 Great Deals out of 70,162 listings starting at $700
Used Chevrolet Impala
543 Great Deals out of 34,988 listings starting at $800
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,252 Great Deals out of 168,090 listings starting at $1,000
Used Dodge Durango
259 Great Deals out of 22,777 listings starting at $895
Used Chevrolet Corvette
169 Great Deals out of 19,654 listings starting at $3,000
Used Ford F-150
2,550 Great Deals out of 195,752 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Accord
988 Great Deals out of 59,110 listings starting at $1,099
Used Nissan Maxima
261 Great Deals out of 22,696 listings starting at $1,400
Used BMW 3 Series
1,073 Great Deals out of 33,479 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
710 Great Deals out of 41,228 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Ram 1500
360 Great Deals out of 10,772 listings starting at $1,100

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Dodge Charger SE For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 1,542 listings starting at $18,855
2016 Dodge Charger SE For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 433 listings starting at $14,450
2015 Dodge Charger SE For Sale
8 Great Deals out of 530 listings starting at $12,900
2014 Dodge Charger SE For Sale
22 Great Deals out of 708 listings starting at $6,200

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.