The key for a 1997 mercury cougar was lost, the spare apparently disappeared during a move a couple months before the other key was lost. A locksmith said dealers only keep key codes for 10 years, any suggestions on what we can do? The car in not usable now. Thanks
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I discovered the problem was a worn key.. read on for the explanation and a couple pics
I have a 99 Tahoe and the engine on start would fire then die, and on other occasions while on the road without warning the engine would suddenly die. In both examples if I waited about 10 minutes it would restart an drive normally. I thought I might have the dreaded Passlock problem although my key doesn't have the chip on the side and the key head doesn't match other PL key designs. I discovered my ignition switch is mechanical with a bar magnet (I suspect) in the barrel. Apparently when the key is inserted the magnet retract into the barrel a little bit so it is farther from the sensor (hall effect?) in the cylinder receiver. After I removed the key cylinder from the steering column I was able to see the magnet retract in when the key is inserted, and project out when the key is removed. I also saw when the key is inserted in the cylinder it had wobble/play and the magnet also moved. I compared my daily key with an original spare and the tip of daily key is worn skinny compared the the spare key.. When the spare key is inserted there is less wobble and the magnet moves very little. I've been driving with the "spare" key for over a month now without a single stall event.
sounds like the brake shift interlock is not working. you need to press down on the brake to be able to move the shifter out of park. if that system is defective, it wont let you shift out of park. look at the center console 9if it has one) is there a slot that looks like you could slide your ignition key into? if there is try inserting your key into this slot and with your foot on the brake move the shifter into neutral. put the key in the ignition and it should now be able to start and shift into drive and reverse. but if you go back to park it will lock up again. i would bring it to the garage for a repair of this system (may need adjusting, may need replacing, but they would be able to diagnose and repair)