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There is nothing electrical to keep the key in the ignition.
So the problem could be a shift cable.
Does the shift cable move ok?
Or is the cable jammed too?
let me know, I will be around. You are offline right now.
Sorry, I thought your response would be emailed to me.
A shift cable? I will have to look that up. I don't know what a shift cable is. However, I'm a fairly quick study.
I will look that up and get back to you ASAP.
I would assume that the gear shift cable is ok.
I do drive the car and I am able to successfully switch between P, R, N, D, 2, and 1.
Unfortunately since the key doesn't rotate all the way back to the off position I can completely shut off the engine, so I unhook he battery and remove the 1G KEY fuse to keep the car from being driven off by some low grade thief and to keep the battery from completely draining.
that should have read " ... I can't completely shut off the engine ... "
Make sure to inspect the shift interlock cable for movement and operation in steering column. You will have to remove the steering column covers for inspection. Use a small hammer to tap on lock cylinder while turning key. Sometimes this will unjam the tumbler that is binding. If all looks ok you will have to remove ignition lock cylinder and test key operation or replace lock cylinder.
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Steering wheel Set the wheels in the straight-ahead position, and install the steering wheel.