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2004 XC70 Ingnition Switch will only turn from 0 to 1 position

The other day I got into the car, (it was 24 fareheight) and the ignition switch would not turn any further than the One position. I am thinking that somehow the mechanism got moisture in it. I dropped my keys in the snow a few times and cleaned them off, but I think this might have done something. The vehicle only has 54K miles on it.

Finally got the switch to move forward and it had no spring or detent, thus I had to position it accurately in order to get the car out of park and drive it.

Had the steering wheel replaced about a year ago because it was peeling and was stil under warranty, wondering if this might have had something to do with this also.

If the switch needs to be replaced, Volvo quoted me 300 for the switch and 200 to put it in. So I would like to know if just a lubricant with moisture displacement will work or if this is a somewhat common issue.
Thanks, Stan.

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Sometimes your steering wheel gets turned and locked when the key is put , all you have to do is turn the wheel in a direction that it will move a few degrees to take pressure off whatever it is in the steering/ignition system and you should be able to turn the key all the way, happens to me all the time on pretty much every car I've had.

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