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Topic: 1st time for this
Message: Posted by: Beowulf (Apr 10, 2011 04:27PM)
In seventeen years full-time ya think just maybe you've seen it all...

Stopped for gas a mile from home on way to job 60 miles off in DC. Filled up, stuck key in ignition, and it refused to turn. Nothing would coax it into moving.

AAA sent a locksmith who pulled the ignition lock and popped in a new one. Said he did 25-30 a week in mini-vans.

Luckily mom had two twisters booked for a fairly small party and was very understanding when I was forty-five minutes late. And AAA picked up the first $100 under my membership.

But a blown ignition lock?!
Message: Posted by: wizardpa (Apr 10, 2011 08:21PM)
I have a part time job at an auto auction and we do get a few vehicles like this every now and then. If anyone ever has this happen to them, one can get it to eventually turn. You have to jiggle the key while turning the ignition at the same time. It will take a little time though, so be patient.
Message: Posted by: MrG (Apr 10, 2011 10:40PM)
Was this by chance a grand caravan with key fob? The same happened to me.
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Apr 11, 2011 07:55AM)
Happened to me one time in a rental car. It was one of those where you needed to press in on the brake before turning the key. While this is something I do 90% of the time, this time I didn't for some reason. Eventually I figured it out. Cause I went to college...:)

On another car, I had to put the transmission in neutral and run it up and down through the gears a couple of times before the car was convinced it was in Park.

Message: Posted by: Dr. Delusion (Apr 11, 2011 10:06AM)
I had a full size Dodge pick up and twice the same thing happened to me. It was a automatic with the gear shift arm on the colum. My dad told me to try jiggling the gear shift lever while trying to turn the key. It did the trick.
Message: Posted by: Beowulf (Apr 11, 2011 11:37AM)
Grand Caravan w 85K on it. Key fob to lock/unlock doors. And believe me: tried jiggling, re-inserting, turning the wheel, moving the shift arm, which wouldn't budge from 'park'. I even got a straw and tried blowing air into the key slot. Oh, and swearing. A lot of swearing.

My last vehicle was a Town & Country with 240K; never a problem w ignition lock.

If it had happened when I came out from the job, that would have been fine. But on the way...
Message: Posted by: David Thiel (Apr 11, 2011 02:49PM)
I hear you, Beowulf.

I would have been clawing at the dashboard. That's a BAAAAAAD feeling.

Message: Posted by: Starrpower (Apr 11, 2011 11:07PM)
Makes one long for the days of cranks on
the front of the motorcars.
Message: Posted by: eSamuels (Apr 11, 2011 11:28PM)
I drive an Infiniti with an electronic key (you can leave it in your pocket and start the ignition).
Came back to my car from in a downtown parking lot after a gig and.......nothing....dead...door wouldn't even open.
The car was only a year old, so I knew it couldn't be a dead battery in the key - seemed almost impossible.
Called Infiniti 24 hour line and she told me that I had an actual physical key hidden inside the electronic key (guess I should have been paying more attention to the guy's spiel, the day I picked the car up at the dealer). So, I get the car going with the physical key (much relieved), and drive home. Next day the car starts without a problem, using the electronic key!

No problem for weeks...until I'm in that exact same parking garage about a month later, and, you guessed it - the key wouldn't work!

Message: Posted by: Beowulf (Apr 12, 2011 10:33PM)
Eric--Had the dead-spot thing a couple of times with my T&C; had to get right up by a specific spot on the front side panel to get it to unlock the doors. On return trips to those locations, I get the same thing.

And my wife's car has that bit with a regular key inside the electronic key.