Tip & How-To about Chrysler 300M

Can't turn the ignition key on your Chysler 300M?

Hi There,

Your sitting there looking at the dash, the keys and thinking impure thoughts. Not to worry. This is what is happening:

Your front wheels are slightly (or more) off center. They are trying to center themselves and in doing so are putting pressure on the lock plate. The pressure on this plate, which normally prevents the steering wheel from turning, is now preventing the key from turning so it can be unlocked. I believe the term is 'ironic'.

Even more so with the fix which is fast and simple

Which ever way the front wheels are pointing, however slightly, turn the steering wheel a little bit further in the same direction, then try the key while holding the wheel over.

Doing this takes the pressure off the lock plate and allows the cylinder to move.

If you don't have the key that's a whole different fix......

Best regards
Mike

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