Unable to Remove Key When in Park – TSB

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Toyota has released a Technical Service Bulletin for an odd situation where you might have a problem removing your key after putting your truck in park and turning off the engine. The problem is limited to 2010-2012 Tundra models with a column shift automatic transmission/transaxle with a column shifter.

Unable to Remove Key When in Park - TSB

Does your key get “stuck” in your 2010-2012 Toyota Tundra? If so, Toyota has a fix for this odd problem.

TSB-0094-12 says that the problem can be found in both 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive models, with either the 5-speed or 6-speed automatic transmission, and Regular, Double or Crew Cab models. A listing of the models affected is below.

Unable to Remove Key When in Park - TSB VIN

If your truck is one of the affected vehicles, contact your local dealer to make arrangements to bring your truck in. As with any TSB’s the repair is covered within Toyota’s Comprehensive Warranty, 3 years or 36,000 miles whichever occurs first.

The TSB repair process is as follows:

  1. Confirm the condition to see if the key is sometimes difficult to remove
  2. If it is determined that the problem exists, remove the shift lever assembly (Depending upon the year and model, there are specific repair manuals for their use.)
  3. Remove the three wire guides and wire harness clamp
  4. Carefully release the connector housing retainer and locking lug of terminals 5, 6, and 12 of the 14 pin connector, and then remove the terminals from the rear of the connector
  5. Remove the 2 screws holding it, and then remove the column shift control lever retainer
  6. After removing the Key Interlock Solenoid Connector and the 14 Pin Connector from the new Transmission Control Switch, it will be carefully reattached
  7. The new switch will be reinstalled using the 2 screws to reattach the column shift control shift retainer
  8. Terminals 5,6, and 12 will be securely reconnected to the original transmission control switch connector, and the connector housing retainer will be re-seated
  9. The three new wire guides and the wire harness clamp will be reinstalled
  10. The shift lever assembly will be reinstalled using the model year Repair Manual
  11. Confirm that the repair is complete

If you have any other questions regarding this problem, please do not hesitate contacting your local Toyota Dealer.

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  1. mk says:

    Why do mfgs. mess around with stuff that in the first place was fine? Why not 2007 thru 2009 model year tundras with column shifter? Weren’t the parts the same from 2007 thru 2012 and if not, why not?

  2. Mike T says:

    dont know if it would work when i use to tow cars and had that problem id use a hammer to tap on the back of the key but that was with the older style keys i know that the new ones are all electric and a pain does yours have the key or is it the block type that basicly sticks in there.

  3. will says:

    i figured that i know i use to do it on the older vehicles when everything was still made of metal lol could also try a pair of channel locks and wrap the key in a cloth so it doesnt get mared up it will help you get more leverage than just your hands.

  4. dave says:

    What a pain in the switch… I will take it back …they quoted me over $ 700 to fix… now truck has 90,000 miles
    Back to Dodge
    And I paid a $ 4500 premium for this Tundra over Ram with more equipment ..thanks …you are never to old to learn..

  5. Billy Castleberry says:

    I had my 2012 worked on twice at a locale Toyota dealer. They fixed it twice (for a couple of weeks) now it’s got 46K on it and there elm still exists. I’ve contacted the service manager to discuss based on this SB. I’ll let you know what they say…

  6. Danny says:

    Just noticed this issue when parking on a hill.
    I also find that terrible that Toyota treats TSB’s like a warranty issue. So they want $89 for the part and $236 labor. I figure i just won’t park on hills anymore hahahha
    2010 DC 4×4

  7. ADNAN says:


    • david says:

      Well i will just pop the hood remove the cable … REMOVE the KEY .. get back out re install cable shut hood and move on ….
      Until my next Truck …
      Thanks for Info

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