My wife drove the Volvo home from a get together and couldn’t get the key out of the ignition. That was rather odd as this is the second time it’s happened to her but not me. The first time it was with a newly cut key that didn’t quite match the original. But after getting a new one made, the new key was just like bad one. What’s the deal?
So, I asked Dennis, one of the mechanics at Leikin Volvo, if he knew what I should do. He said that the problem is usually the release button on the transmission shifter. After shifting the transmission into park, the release button remains depressed instead of popping out completely. When that happens the ignition won’t allow you to turn the key enough to remove it.
Dennis suggested using soapy water to clean it out. That was a good idea. Using a bottle of Windex and a rag to catch the drips, one of the salesmen and I sprayed Windex into the area around the release button. While I sprayed, he worked the button repeatedly until it felt loose again. Sure enough, the key came out and everything works well again. Hurrah!