Key stuck in ignition I forced it out now the car will not start
I have a 2000 Volvo V70 with the key stuck in the ignition. The car was working fine until I wiggled (forced) the key out now the car will not start. It cranks but will not fire - like it is in anti-theft mode. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Re: Key stuck in ignition I forced it out now the car...
I found it necessary to try two of the the fixes listed before I solved the problem. Here's what I learned, as it relates to my 2000 V70:
1. The lock button on the shifter WAS stuck in the depressed mode. So I squirted a bit of WD-40 and--presto! It was released. But my problem wasn't solved. On examining the button action a little more, I noticed it it wasn't FULLY freed. So, another squirt of WD-40 and a few more press/releases, and---PERFECT. BUT the problem was not solved.
2. I next tried to "lift" the "shift override" button using pliers with gentle-to-moderate pressure so as not to break the plastic. It did lift a little, but still no solution. So I squirted a bit of WD-40 into the space around the button and pushed the button several times to "work-in" the WD-40. No luck. In fact, the button seemed stuck in a depressed mode even more.
3. Finally, to the SOLUTION! Since I could no longer get a grip on the button, I introduced 2 thin-bladed knives to barely exposed opposing side surfaces and pried the switch-button up. Still, no luck, but going back to the pliers and gentle/moderate pressure, I was able to pull the button up, and----SUCCESS!!!!
Notes: I am surprised at how much travel there was in the button--a good 3/16" it seems.
I don't know what caused the button to seize in the depressed state. I never use it and I don't think that I've ever spilled anything on/in it. But its horizontal position just begs for this kind of problem.
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The steering wheel may be locked because the ignition has not been triggered (an anti-theft device). To trigger the ignition you have it turn the key. If the key does not turn I would not recommend forcing it to turn as this might cause some expensive damage. I would reccommend saving the risk of damaging your car even more by taking your car to the local garage or a locksmith if there is one nearby. Ignition systems are very expensive to replace.
You mean the ignition, not the fob. Right? Ok ; mine does this too -- use a little WD40 in the key slot, or graphite. Don't force the key to turn but give it a minor up/down motion when trying to get it to turn.
if all other functions are working this sounds like the start motor is defective. if the motor is worn it may turn slowly but too showly for the drive head to jump out and engage the engine flywheel. to test your battery is ok try starting the car with the headlights on if the battery is weak the lights will dim a lot or go out and will not have enough power to start the car. if all seems fine then suspect the starter motor. as one final test push start your car if it starts ok then this will indicate that most likely the starter motor has failed.
after starting your car and your battery is ok, switch off and try to start normally, if the car starts this time it indicated that the starter motor was stuck, this could be an indication that it will need replacement soon.
Ok, this just happened in our 2000 V70. The key would turn to position 1, the srs light pops on, but the key refuses to turn to start the car and the shifter is stuck in park. I pulled the oil dipstick out, lightly coated the key on ALL sides, inserted it back into the ignition and turned it a little forcibly. It turned so I cycled it back and forth a few times and it was good to go. We were stuck so this was a last ditch attempt to get going....I would suggest using clean, 3 in 1 oil to lubricate the ignition.
Take off two-halfs of steering wheel (torx screws) put key on acc and there is a small hole in the column where the tumbler is stick a small paper clip or watch screw driver inside and the tumbler should come out this seems to be a problem after the 850 series beacause of the chip inside of the key
I'm not completely sure if this will work but it tends to be something similar to the following that works on several cars of different makes and models.
Start with car off. Turn ignition key to first position. Press and hold the reset key for the trip mileage (odometer) while holding the reset turn ignition key to second position. Service light should be blinking - on 4th blink release the reset button.