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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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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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This thread is helpful because I just unlocked my van to show friends in town and had the same thing happen. Not having driven it in a few weeks the battery was dead. Definitely going to install a switched trickle charger off my shore power, but for a 2018 with 21K miles, is this about the time I should replace OEM battery anyway?

I've already got one car with a parasitic I've been chasing for three years, I'm hoping this isn't another - that and the oil (cooler?) leak... I left Ford hoping Ram would be at least a little more reliable!
 

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This thread is helpful because I just unlocked my van to show friends in town and had the same thing happen. Not having driven it in a few weeks the battery was dead. Definitely going to install a switched trickle charger off my shore power, but for a 2018 with 21K miles, is this about the time I should replace OEM battery anyway?

I've already got one car with a parasitic I've been chasing for three years, I'm hoping this isn't another - that and the oil (cooler?) leak... I left Ford hoping Ram would be at least a little more reliable!
My 2021 with 600 miles on it had a dead battery after not driving for a while last winter. I borrowed a battery charger and kept it on overnight to charge it. I ended up getting dcdc combo unit that trickle charges off the lithium battery bank because I just don't drive it much in the winter.
 
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