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My car is weird
Clint EastwoodSlip Like Freudian.Playing Yourself Like Accordion.Registered Userregular
I drive a POS 1990 Accord. Fortunately for me I won't be driving it for much longer, but in the meantime I still have to putter about in it. I'm having a relatively minor problem with it though.
Now that we're in the winter months and the weather is cold, my car's shifter is acting funny. The gist of the problem is that when I return home from driving around and park my car, the little P won't light up immediately, and while the P for Park isn't lit, I can't get the keys out of the ignition. It only does this during cold weather, pretty much anything below forty degrees fahrenheit. Normally I can just jiggle the shifter a bit for about a minute and eventually it will click into Park all the way and I can remove the keys.
However, the other night I literally sat in my car for thirty minutes straight because the key wouldn't come out of the ignition. My question for you, H/A, is twofold.
1) What's causing this?
2) Is there anything I can do to fix it?
I don't really have any knowledge about cars other than very basic stuff like putting in oil and changing the battery, that sort of thing. This is hardly a serious problem but it is very irritating and I'm definitely not comfortable leaving my car with the keys still in it. (I live in a pretty crappy neighborhood and somebody stole my car stereo last month. Definitely not a good idea.)