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2001 RR P38 HSE with the "Key in ignition" message continuously displays after shutdown even after key is removed. It does go out after exiting vehicle (door closed) any thoughts?
 

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ignition barrel may be sticking emulating key is in barrel, lube lightly with wd40 or graphite work key in and out .
 

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absolutely no WD-40, it will gum things up even more. A short burst of brake cleaner will clean the barrel of whatever is making it stick, it also evaporates quickly. follow up with graphite powder. In the mean time when the key is out and that warning goes off, simply press in quickly on the barrel and it usually pops right out and shuts up.
 

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absolutely no WD-40, it will gum things up even more. A short burst of brake cleaner will clean the barrel of whatever is making it stick, it also evaporates quickly. follow up with graphite powder. In the mean time when the key is out and that warning goes off, simply press in quickly on the barrel and it usually pops right out and shuts up.
huh, curious I have used wd40 on this manner a myriad of occasions never had an issue or a come back. I guess I must be pushing my luck.
 

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Kudos if it has worked for you. It certainly is nothing personal. All three indies I know up here caution against WD-40. I've been in the fun position more than a few times of needing to disassemble the full assembly to get fiberous stuff cleaned out.

WD-40 is petroleum based, does not clean, does not fully evaporate and is not a lubricant. It's name is what it was was designed for "Water Displacement formula #40" It was first used to protect Atlas missiles from moisture and rust. It will grab hold of any dust or pocket fuzz on the key.

The key barrel needs to slide and turn in a clean dry environment, thus the use of graphite.
 

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My switch does this occasionally. As a remedy, I simply bear pressure (towards the off position) against the lock as I extract the key vs. simply pulling it straight out. It's sort of hard to describe but what you're doing is pulling the locking mechanism into the resting position, ie: key not in the ignition. Works on mine every time.
 

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This did the trick! I did the brakeclean suggestion...walaa. I thank all for your thoughts. A side note, a local old timer lock smith uses LPS2 (greaseless) on most locks and claims success over the years, he also said graphite is good in locks that do not see moisture (such as interior ignition locks) , not good in locks exposed to rain or humid climates....apparently can cause pins to stick when graphite gets wet.
 

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Man if you have access to an old timer locksmith on Orcas you are really lucky. For many years I spent 2 or 3 weekends each summer with a coworker and his wife that had a view cabin just west of Olga. Sadly they sold off the property in 2000 when we moved the company to Charlotte.
 

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way too much work if it can be avoided, but like I said I've had to do it.
 
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