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I can't turn the key to starter position

I can put key into ignition switch, & move it out  , but when i try to turn key to starter positin, i can't, the power is on, i can operate the windows, locks, radio "on", but i can't start the car????

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  • gvp1950 Jan 02, 2009

    Thank you very much for attention. Yes, i did, i can turn the driving wheel, it's not lock. my Volvo is 2001 V70, not 1998, but i think it the same. I can turn key in the ignition  till the starter position, & it stops, i mean i can't turn the key more, in starter position?????

  • dodgeit347 Mar 10, 2009

    My 2000 S40 just had this problem yesturday. I couldn't start my car to get home, a co-worker tried to give it a jump. However, the key wouldn't go far enough to ignite the engine, so I called AAA and they towed it to the Volvo dealership here in Sacramento. After an electrical inspection, they have decided on replacing the ignition lock mechanism. I don't know how much the bill is going to be, but I'd assume it will cost roughly $300. Just in time to spend my tax return! Yippie!



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Had this problem. Key would turn round and round and never catch. Sprayed some liquid wrench in the key hole. Works great. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it keeps working.

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May be a stupid answer but have you tried wriggling the steering wheel whilst trying to turn key in case it is in the locked position. It has happened to me !!!!!!!!!!

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