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Old 03-25-2005, 14:01   #1 (permalink)
gary
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2004 Expedition ignition switch problem

Anyone else experience a problem with trying to get the key to turn in
the ignition switch. Ours has on several occasions locked up to where
the key won't turn in the cylinder. Moving the steering wheel up or down
doesn't help and of course you can't budge the shift lever.

Gary
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Old 03-25-2005, 17:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 Expedition ignition switch problem


"gary" <gary@gvtc.com> wrote in message
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> Anyone else experience a problem with trying to get the key to turn in
> the ignition switch. Ours has on several occasions locked up to where
> the key won't turn in the cylinder. Moving the steering wheel up or down
> doesn't help and of course you can't budge the shift lever.
>
> Gary


Instead of moving the wheel up and down, try turning it, either direction.
How did you get the key to turn on the other occasions?
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Old 03-25-2005, 21:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2004 Expedition ignition switch problem


"gary" <gary@gvtc.com> wrote in message
news:pqednU4hOeEuHtnfRVn-iQ@gvtc.com...
> Anyone else experience a problem with trying to get the key to turn in
> the ignition switch. Ours has on several occasions locked up to where
> the key won't turn in the cylinder. Moving the steering wheel up or

down
> doesn't help and of course you can't budge the shift lever.
>
> Gary


Sometimes this is caused when you have turned the wheel just before
turning off the ignition. Try gently forcing the steering wheel in one
direction and then the other, while trying to turn the key. Other
times, what happens is the pins in the tumbler extend while you insert
the key. Sometimes they don't retract to where they belong once the key
is all the way into position. This will prevent you from turning the
wheel or moving the shift lever out of the park position. If the lock
fails in this manner, it can not be removed with the conventional method
that involves inserting a small rod from below the column. The lock
will need to be destroyed in the process of removal. You can bet that
when it does fail in this manner, it will be at the most inopportune
time. Try lubricating the keyway with graphite before final failure..


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