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Old 04-19-2013, 08:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Ignition Key Stuck

My 2005 Suzuki Forenza SW do not release the key after car is parked with transmission lever in park position.
The only way to get the key from steering column is when I move the transmission lever sideways. Then I can hear a clicking noise and when the lever is 1/4" pushed to the right side my key will come out.
I believe that the problem is some adjustment on the transmission cable but as I never adjusted cables on Suzuki I need some help with the following items:
1- Where is the adjustment cable, at transmission or at the lever?
2- If at the transmission, how to access the adjustment system?
3- Is this adjustment 100% mechanic or electric?
4- What is the easy way to get it done on DIY method? (I have a very good skill working on other cars like Mercedes Benz)

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Old 04-20-2013, 08:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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hi welcome to the forum. you only need to post a question one time someone will see it so now to your question. your key being stuck isnt related to you TRS. its actually related to your shifter. if your shifter isnt all the way to the left the key wont come out. there is a spring inside the console that pulls the shifter back into the park position. your spring is probably either broken or worn out. its a little spring connected to the shift lever and the shift mechanism. you should be able to get one from a dealer. let us know what you find out!
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks 7-even
Now, please let me know how to remove the console and, in case the spring not broken, if there are some adjustment that can be made.
As I said before the key will come out when I push the shifter about 1/4" to the right (towards the passenger). Do you think it is too far out to the park position or too far in to the park position?
Your help is very appreciated.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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hi. there is no adjustment that can be made. if the spring is broken or worn out it needs to be replaced. theres a possibility that something else might have broken. there was a forum member that had a different part brake in the same location. youll just have to open it up and take a look to see what the problem is. heres a link to the online service manual. im sure it can help with taking the console out.
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it comes out fairly easily. i think two screws on the back side. then the armrest pulls backward. it should expose two more screws that were under the cup holder. i think theres also two more further up on the console by the drivers and passengers foot. anything else just ask!
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I have the same problem only when I press the brake the shifter comes completely loose from its socket. It's to the point where if I shift, it can be heard coming from under the vehicle I've read a few places that it might have something to do with the mechanism underneath the car, I don't have a lift to get under safely so I've been forced to leave it as it is.

I took a look at that service manual and after looking at an unrelated engine part I see that the diagram on the right has 6 spark plugs, where I've only got a 4cyl dohc..so Im a little concerned as far as the accuracy goes..
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I tried this thing but did not worked for me. In my case the brake has nothing related with ignition key. The only thing that helps me is playing with the lifter side to side in the parking position. I still not receiving any post from my last thread about "Suzuki Overheat"
If you have some answer about that, please let me know.
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hi Nyko46 i told you what you need to do about the shifter. i cant help you if your not going to check the mechanism and see if the spring is broken. we cant get any farther until we know that info. also both of your other posts were answered the one about the coolant sensor and the one about the fans. you should go check them and see what was said.
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hi Nathan. what car do you have year, auto or manual? were going to need this info. if its an auto transmission there is no mechanism under the car? you dont need a lift to get under the car. you could use a jack and jack stands to safely hold up the car. if you looked at the manual posted above its accurate. it was either a generic diagram where the amount of cylinders didnt matter or had to do with something else. if you have a manual car something could be wrong with your shift linkage, if auto your shifter mechanism. you either need to get under the car or into the center console. it could be dangerous if the shifter brakes and the car is stuck in gear. let us know the info so we can try and help you out.
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Hi 7-even, I've got an 07' Suzuki Forenza, automatic transmission. And I was looking at an unrelated part when i said something about the manual.

I don't mean to hijack this thread but I thought I had the same problem as the op.

When I press my brake pedal to move my lever from park the lever itself comes loose from the park position. And usually when I am trying to get my key out of the ignition it gets stuck until I force the lever to the left and release my brake pedal. Interestingly everything was fine until I went into a small shop for some used tires last summer, and as soon as i got into my car and pulled out, this started happening. And my center console is certainly loose.

You think its the mechanism?
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Hello 7 even I tried to check the suggested catalog but it did not opened properly.
I will try again. Thanks for your message.
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