2000 Volvo S70, 177K - This car is new to me, and shortly after purchasing it, I began having difficulty removing the ignition key when arriving at a destination. With the transmission in Park, and the engine shut off, the key just won’t come out. Then again, sometimes there’s no problem at all. Oddly, the problem seems to correlate with the cabin/engine temp. If I allow the car to cool off, then go back to it in a half hour, the key will usually come right out. Same thing with short trips. I’m fortunate so far that I’ve not been in any high crime areas where leaving the key would be risky; but I will need to solve this eventually.
I understand that there’s a safety switch/sensor that ensures the vehicle is in Park before the key can be removed, and I’ve tried being a bit more “forceful” in shifting to P, but that doesn’t seem to help. I’ll be taking this to my mechanic anyway for a state safety inspection followup; are there any hints I can give him if I can’t figure it out myself?
Is the temperature factor suggestive that the problem is in the transmission sensor? I’d prefer that the issue be a sensor or adjustment rather than in the ignition switch just to avoid the re-keying mess. Thoughts?