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Posted: 1/18/2015 11:37:55 PM EST
You guys are pretty good at finding solutions. My Mom has a 03 Escape. Has 65K miles and still in good shape. The damn key hets stuck in the ignition switch and doesn't release until you disconnect the battery.

What do I need to replace / adjust?
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 11:46:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/18/2015 11:46:30 PM EST by Manticore_Arms]
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 11:50:07 PM EST
Thanks Sven for the reply.

I guess I should post what all I tried so far.

Truck goes into park. It's column mounted.

Checked for obstructions.........none found.

Key cylinder replaced...........same issue.

Tried moving steering wheel around / jiggling key. Stays lock in until power is off.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 11:54:44 PM EST
I had an '03 Escape that would do that every once in awhile.

I found taking the shift lever and slamming it into park would free the key up.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:07:45 AM EST
Is it one of those keys with the chip or resistor in it?
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:09:35 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Torque556:
Is it one of those keys with the chip or resistor in it?
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Dont think so.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:20:43 AM EST
You're doing it wrong.


Pro tip. Don't throw the key into the intake manifold.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:23:07 AM EST
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Originally Posted By TZ250:
You're doing it wrong.


Pro tip. Don't throw the key into the intake manifold.
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Thanks for the advice. not something I would do but I'll make sure I tell my wife not to do that.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:27:04 AM EST
[Last Edit: 1/19/2015 12:30:58 AM EST by Shakes525]
Just guessing here because I'm not a mechanic, but if the key comes out when you disconnect the battery it's being held in right? The only mechanism I am aware of that would do that are going to be the shift position sensor.

I've had the steering wheel lock cause my key to get stuck in my Durango, but that's a mechanical deal that shouldn't be affected by the battery. ETA: It also jammed the shifter.


Check this:
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:28:34 AM EST
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Dont think so.
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Originally Posted By Chuy123:
Originally Posted By Torque556:
Is it one of those keys with the chip or resistor in it?


Dont think so.


Yes it does.


Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:31:19 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 2A373:


Yes it does.


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Originally Posted By 2A373:
Originally Posted By Chuy123:
Originally Posted By Torque556:
Is it one of those keys with the chip or resistor in it?


Dont think so.


Yes it does.



It is a transponder key but not a chip / resistor type key like GM passlock.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:33:10 AM EST
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:34:15 AM EST
Bad brake lock shift actuator.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:42:12 AM EST
Google 03 Escape stuck key, it's how I found the cure for the same problem in my Rodeo , just a cable needed adjusting
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:48:23 AM EST
New one for me. Tag
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:50:34 AM EST
I wouldn't worry about it. Just remove a tire when you park it and no one can steal it.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:59:31 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Keekleberrys:
What does the transmission range selector LCD display on the dash say when the key is stuck?
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Park
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 12:59:53 AM EST
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Originally Posted By angus6:
Google 03 Escape stuck key, it's how I found the cure for the same problem in my Rodeo , just a cable needed adjusting
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will do thanks
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