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Override key release

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Hi, my drive shift is stuck in Park and the key is also stuck as well. I was able to manually override the shifter being stuck but still can't figure out how to release the key. I took the panel off underneath and I keep reading there's a release tab but I don't see one. All I see is a small metal casing with a hole in it, but it doesn't move and I stuck a bobby pin in there and nothing is happening. See picture as well.

Already tried disconnecting the negative battery terminal and that doesn't release it. Thanks!


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2017 Promaster 2500 159 HT Gasser
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Travelvan is right, the key not releasing is because something is shorted, draining voltage. There is a mechanical over ride to get the key out. Look up at it under the steering column, and you should see a molded in hole with a black plastic tab sticking out of it. Pull that, and your key will release. Disconnect the main battery, and your key will also release I believ
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