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2015 California T will not release my key

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  1. bokabunara

    bokabunara Rookie

    Apr 18, 2021
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    Rob Pledger
    '15 Cali T, will not release ignition key.

    Following all ways to park car, leaving it in 1st and shutting it off (or neutral), Auto-Park on or off, manually setting or not P, it will say "Waiting for Gearbox to be in Park" and will not release my key from ignition in position zero (or any other position). Gearbox is confirmed to be in Park (or Auto if AutoPark is on). Park does engage but message doesnt go away and key does not release. Somtimes I can drive around a bit more and then try again and sometimes it works. A few times I have tried that 10-15 times and never get the key to release so I just give up and drive home. Wife not happy when that happens.

    This happens about 50% of the time, so when we go anywhere, we have a 50% chance of having to cancel the event and turn around and head home or choose leaving the ignition in an unlocked Ferrari while we eat out.

    Anyone have any experience on how to fix this issue? Much appreciated.
     
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  3. SVCalifornia

    SVCalifornia Formula 3

    Mar 28, 2011
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    Have you tried pressing the release button next to the key hole on the steering column??

    SV
     
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  4. bokabunara

    bokabunara Rookie

    Apr 18, 2021
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  5. rob5819

    rob5819 Formula Junior

    Dec 12, 2017
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    This happened to me once in my 458 when I waited too long to take the key out. As you said, there is a release button on the key. Looking at the CA manual page 166 looks pretty similar:

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  6. rob5819

    rob5819 Formula Junior

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  8. rob5819

    rob5819 Formula Junior

    Dec 12, 2017
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    Apologies, misread the post and grabbed the wrong manual. Looking at page 85 of the California T manual I see:

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    Best of luck.

    Rob
     
  9. vjd3

    vjd3 Formula 3
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    Jun 3, 2005
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    Are you removing the key the moment you switch it off? If you wait a few seconds, it can assume you're trying to go into carwash mode and hold onto the key. Usually you can turn the ignition back on and off and then remove the key. I have gotten used to doing it in one smooth motion, turn the key, and pull it right out. The 20 seconds quoted in the manual doesn't seem to be accurate.

    If it's getting stuck immediately, sounds like something mechanical is amiss. I assume you've done the usual battery reset procedure.
     
  10. XSpeed

    XSpeed Formula Junior

    Jan 6, 2019
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    that's the most critical part of this.

    I'd not mind getting stuck in the middle of the desert with the ferrari alone, but even the smallest mishap in front of the wife in the city, has 10x damage.
     
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  11. cfensty

    cfensty Formula Junior
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    In the manual there is a release on the bottom of the steering column. It locks the key in place after 15 seconds or so. Check the manual.


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  13. bokabunara

    bokabunara Rookie

    Apr 18, 2021
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    Rob Pledger
    Thanks everyone for the help. It happened again and the yellow floppy button under the steering wheel DID release the key, but also kept the car in gear without the parking break set. However, that at least is a step forward if I am on level ground.
     

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