Car Ignition Sticking

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  1. Kor

    Kor Dahar Master

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    I need help so I'm posting here.

    Wife's car, a 2005 Equinox, the ignition is sticking. Won't turn out of locked postion to start unless you really jiggle the key and force it over.
    I'm having a new key made, the dealer says that usually helps. Will find out tonight

    Any other ideas?
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  2. Scott Hamilton Robert E Ron Paul Lee

    Scott Hamilton Robert E Ron Paul Lee Straight Awesome

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    Don't drive a Chevy?
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  3. Kor

    Kor Dahar Master

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    i'm gonna try the graphite thing tonight, i've read that taht solves a lot ofthe problems when the tumblers are sticking. hopfully a 2 dolalr tube of the stuff wil save me from a 300 replacement
  4. Uncle Albert

    Uncle Albert Dare to be Stupid

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    I've driven cars where the steering wheel lock mechanism was so picky that you couldn't turn the key unless the wheel was in just the right position.
  5. Kor

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    Yeah, the wheel isn't even lockign any more and you can turn the wheel completely around when the cars off. Hopefully a flushing of the tumblers with the graphite will help.
  6. Kor

    Kor Dahar Master

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    phew, it was the key, had a new one cut and everything is fine!
  7. Scott Hamilton Robert E Ron Paul Lee

    Scott Hamilton Robert E Ron Paul Lee Straight Awesome

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    Good news. If you ever do need a new ignition, I can help you get a used one with a key at a great price. No, I'm not selling it - I just have hookups. :)
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  8. Kor

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    Thanks. ALways interested in hookups
  9. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 high speed, low drag

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    WTF? You have an "ignition guy?" :lol:
  10. Scott Hamilton Robert E Ron Paul Lee

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  11. Elwood

    Elwood I know what I'm about, son.

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    Albert's right. Every Crown Vic I've ever driven has been weird about the wheel locking. I'd often have to pull the wheel all the way to the left lock position to get the key to turn.

    But, I digress. GM seems to be getting away from wheel locks. I've had two GM products now that don't lock and my buddy's Colorado doesn't lock. They do it so the steering system will give a little if the vehicle is struck while parked. Getting a dented wheel is better than a dented wheel and a stripped/broken Pitman Arm and Gearbox.