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Volvo S60 2003,Ignition lock cannot turn beyond position one

I have Volvo S60 2003, the other day I have put the key in the ignition lock to drive of to work but was unable to turn to position 2. The position 1 brings on the power to radio and other elements. But after that when trying to turn the key to position 2 and then 3, it seams like something is physically blocking it.

Please help, is this some security feature, replacement or a bang with a hammer in the right position?

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  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    Same problem exactly... Temp i s15 degrees and mechanic suggested I heat the lock (did not help) any suggestion would be appreciated my volvo is a 2002 AWD

  • gokon Feb 14, 2009

    2003 XC90, same problem!!! Not cold, just stuck out of no where~
    GDO

  • rosemarym Feb 16, 2009

    I just had the same problem (2005 Volvoe S80) and had to have my car towed back to my home. It was completely out of the blue or so it seems - I keep wondering if I did something that turned on a security feature. Needless to say, I'll be calling the dealer first thing tomorrow morning (have Presidents Day off, thank goodness) but this just seem too flukey. -

  • E1234 Feb 21, 2009

    Same thing happened to my S60 last night. Can't turn the key past position one.

  • angiew221 May 03, 2009

    2002 S60 with the same problem. Key will turn to position one only and won't go any further. Tried rocking the car to see if wan't completely in gear, that didn't work. Any suggestions?

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Happened to me while i was trying to leave walmart... The AAA guy moved the transmission linkage and it worked...brought mine to the dealer today to get it fixed because ever since that happened the key has be almost impossible to turn, and they said it was the ignition lock. It needs to be replaced....

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Turn the key around and insert it ,when you turn it should work

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