I have a 2011 Chevy Malibu that has no problem shifting into Park and turning into ACC, but will not shift to the final off position to release the key from the ignition. This is obviously a problem because the car does not fully shut off until the key is in a final position and can be released, causing the battery to die. This used to only be a problem when it was cold out, but now it is all the time.
I am not sure if this is a problem with the tumbler in the lock itself, an electrical sensor issue or an issue with something like the Shifter Interlock Cable. The car shifts through all the gears fine, but just wont allow the key to rotate to the release position. The door locks all open the way should when I shift into Park, but the key will not shift the final click in the ignition to be released.
I have a feeling that this may be more of a mechanical issue rather than electrical issue, due to the fact I have felt something pull in the shifter when the key finally releases.
Has anyone had this issue with this generation of Malibu? Can anyone show me a picture of where the Shifter Interlock Cable is in the center console of this type of malibu so I can inspect it? I am trying to avoid going to a dealer and most mechanics try to sell me a whole new ignition.