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Hi all,

My car has been sitting for about a week. I wet to start it, ad the key won't turn in the ignition...

It happened once before, but after 5 tries, it turned. This time....it is absolutely stuck!

Any ideas?

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You did try turning the wheel a bit, right. Sometimes the column lock will cause this issue.

GL,

Ray

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That happened with my Volvo, had to replace the damn tumbler. Had it happen to the '02 in about 1998, the internals of the lock got all buggered up and it had to be replaced. You can try spraying something in there and it might help. Even though the column isn't locked it's worth a try jiggling the wheel just because.

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Even though the column isn't locked it's worth a try jiggling the wheel just because.

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Steve

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Try a less-worn copy of the key before you blame the cylinder.

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1. get some lock lubricant down into the key slot--one brand is called Lockeze, a powdered graphite in a solvent. If it´s just a dry cylinder, that will loosen it up. Be gentle--you don´t want to break the key off.

2. If it absolutely will not turn, then the ´´anti-repeat¨´ piece inside the lock itself may be broken and you will have to dismantle the lock to fix it. I did a column on how to fix--if you will e-mail me after Thursday I will send you a copy on how to fix.

cheers from Nicaragua

Mike

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Been there! This happened to me last year when I stopped by the side of the road to take a "break" while on a road trip. When I tried to start, key was locked in! I missed a business meeting b/c of it.

Interestingly I made it home b/c I had Internet connectivity and found where Clay had posted how to start your car without key. If you need to use the car, there are two small screws on the back of the ignition assembly - just remove them and you can use a simple flat blade screwdriver to turn the ignition on. Works great!

NOTE - This doesn't keep the steering wheel unlocked, so don't drive your car like this.

To remove the entire assembly you need to drop your steering column and all of that. Not particularly hard but not a 5 minute job either.

Good luck!

~Jason

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