Key won't turn in ignition
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    Key won't turn in ignition

    When I tried to turn the key to start the car it wouldn't move - steering lock seemed to be kicked in. I jiggled both wheel and key and after a few minutes got the key to turn to accessories and hence start.

    Removed key, came back to start car - same thing.

    Is my ignition barrell dying, my key worn or am I not clued up about the secrets of the sterring lock? Need some advice thanks guys.
    1995 4.6 HSE :: 290,000km **New motor @ 280k **
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    I had a lot of trouble with this same thing when I bought my used 02. Even the dealer couldn't get it to work. I find if I push the key into the barrel about 1/8th to 1/4 inch I could get it to turn and start.
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    Resolution that worked for me / ignition won't turn

    Turn the turn signal left and right a couple of times and should be good.
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    It seems there was a thread some time ago about using even a drill to loosen the internals. A search would be helpful.
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    Re: Key won't turn in ignition

    So I have this issue this evening. The key won't turn. The steering wheel is not locked. The door locks work, the lights all seem to work and no messages before turning it off.

    Anyone have any ideas???
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    Re: Key won't turn in ignition

    Hello, I have exactly same problem with my 1998 4.6 LE. Just finished a rebuild of the air valve block and riding nicely ,now having a job to start car as key wont turn. I have sprayed silicon into lock barrel but not much difference.Anyone know if its possible to strip ignition barrel and fix it. seems like something is worn and jamming up. John
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