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#1 Old 02-28-2004, 12:29 AM
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key won't turn in the ignition

I've had this happen twice now. I put the key into the ignition and try to turn it but it won't budge. I have to sit there for like 10 minutes and basically play with it until it finally decides to unlock. Anyone know what's up w/ that?
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Did you jiggle the steering wheel?


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i had the same prob cuz my knee kept bumping the wheel everytime I got out the car. I just got used to it

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will jiggling the wheel really help?
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Ok , you are locking the wheel , its a saftey measure in almost all cars, after the car is turned off, if you move the steering wheel it will lock. If the wheel is locked when you go back to your car , the key will not turn. So all you have to do is tug, or turn the wheel a little while the key is in the ignition and then turn the key, then voooooowala! presto , the car works. That should help.
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^what he said


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thanx guys. i'll keep this in mind the next time it happens.
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will jiggling the wheel really help?
Yes its just in a lock position, when you shut the car off the wheel must be in a position that pulling the steering wheel to one side just turn the steering wheel it should work.

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thanx guys. i'll keep this in mind the next time it happens.
You can lock it yourself and see if that's what it was. Just shut off your car and turn your wheel until it kinda locks. At least then you'll know for sure that's what was going with yours.


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I had this exact same problem. I took it to the dealer, and they greased the key rollers with lithium grease. I have not had a problem since.

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This belongs in the problem forum.. I'll move this for you.
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I have a funny story to tell...

Six days after I got my Black 3.5SE, my wife calls me at the office to tell me that she hit a parked truck with it! I nearly dropped the phone.

She tried to park in an angled spot on the other side of the road, and she hit a truck's wheel, which was in the next spot, with the front right corner of my car. No damage to the truck, but my bumper was pretty scratched up.

Her last accident, another minor one six years ago, also involved a parked car. To say that I was throughly desgusted would be an understatement.

It was only a couple of blocks from my office so I go to inspect the damage, we have some words... I leave.

An hour later I get another call from her, the car won't start, a q and a session follows, the key won't turn. I hop in my truck and go to the body shop where she getting a quote to fix my bumper.

I get in the car and the key won't turn, I naturally give the wheel a wiggle and the key turns fine. In a matter of two secs I'm in, start the car and tell her to wiggle the wheel and leave, which pisses her completely off, because she hates it when I make her look stupid!

Later that night after I cool down, she tells me about the guy who gave her a quote at the body shop that I "rescued" her from.

She said, "Do you know what that asshole at the bodyshop said to me"?
I reply, what?
He said that I shouldn't be driving such a nice car if I'm not a good driver. I do my very best not to burst out laughing, I somehow manage to say oh?.

She then said that she gave him a piece of her mind and told him where he could put his estimate.

When she stormed back out to the car to leave, the car wouldn't start. She then sat in the car, in front of his window for 15 minutes, waiting me to come and start the car for her.

For those of you who are married, I don't have to tell you that it can be trying at times.

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I'm not sure why it's been impossible for car makers to create a 'fix' for this problem...I was behind a brand new 911 at the car wash, and he finished rinsing his car off, got in and I could see him struggling. He finally got out and made a call on his cellphone. (He was calling Porsche roadside assistance). Being a huge 911 fan, I approached to see if I could help. He said he couldn't get the car started - the key wouldn't turn. I got in, wiggled the steering wheel, and started the car right up. How embarassing to buy an $80,000 car and not be able to get it started. He was very red-faced. I shoulda asked him if he wanted some help DRIVING it too. :-)

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mmm... lithium grease
lol @ My3Point5SE

I'd be embarASSed too. The first time I locked mine I got scared and then I finally figured it out after sitting in there for ten minutes. Fords lock up all the time too.
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How do people grow up not knowing this? They have been locking steering wheels for 30 years! And they all do the same thing too!



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