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My 2004 crossfire's key won't turn in the ignition, why?

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I had the same problem. I had to replace the entire ignition module at my cost. It happens fast, first just sticks when turning, then a day or two later, it will lock. If you jiggle the steering wheel it will sometimes free the lock and you can turn the ignition. Just a poor design. The only way to get the ignition cylinder out is to turn the key to the on position (there are write ups on this on the internet). Most of the time that is not possible and you are stuck somewhere with no way to turn on your car. If you are able to do that do not turn the key off completely or it will probably never turn on again. Just leave it in the ACC setting until you figure out what you want to do. It is not that difficult to take the entire lock cylinder out and start the car with just the key tip that fits in the ignition slot (or a screwdriver if you have one). The only problem is that the key has a built in RFID sensor that needs to be within a few inches of the plastic piece around the key cylinder for the car to start, so even if you do that you have to find a place to stick the key to the dash right next to the ignition. Just take it to the dealer and have them fix it.

It is a very common problem and these wear out after use. A plastic actuator pushing a metal pin to unlock the key cylinder... it will be a replacement part and repair for Chrysler forever. At $525+ per repair it should be a recall, and it will happen to every crossfire owner. Mine went out at ~39,500 miles and I know it will again sometime in the car's life.

The other option is to drill out the steering wheel lock, much more difficult and extremely hard to get to under the dash. That would solve the problem forever, but most of us don't like dismantling our car's ignition and drilling into things that should not be taken apart.

Good Luck. Check out www.crossfireforum.org for other options, but everyone has had this problem.

Posted on Aug 08, 2009

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HEY FELLA'S MY NAME IN TRACY FROM TRACY'S AUTOMOTIVE IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS. I HAVE A LOCKSMITH I HAVE USED FOR YEARS, HE KEEPS UP WITH ALL THE TECHNOLOGY. HE FIX MY CLIENT'S CROSSFIRE FOR UNDER A $100.00 AND IT WORKS LIKE A CHAMP. SO CALL YOU LOCAL LOCKSMITH, IF HE IS GOOD HE WILL KNOW JUST WHAT TO DO.

Posted on Sep 29, 2009

  • therondawson Aug 27, 2011

    I am stuck in Asheville, NC and my key will not turn the ignition. I had it towed to a dealer. They told me that it would cost $1,104.50 to fix. If you could have your locksmith buddy call me with the instructions on how to fix this. I would greatly appreciate it. My name is Theron Dawson and my number is (615)600-7995.

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    mesmerize702 Dec 04, 2012

    Hi names Denise Las Vegas I have same problem happened nov car is in dealer ship now I'm doing research on line for parts please take my number down as well I like to talk to that locksmith or see there is another solution the replacement parts are $1,500 total key wont turn locks they said its ignition switch housing, cylinder, new keys, ignition switch 7026063248 Denise

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I have a 2005 Chrysler Crossfire, and the key will not turn in the ignition. I will turn just a slight amount, however it will not go far enough to the acc or on spot. How can I remove the lock cylinder if the key will not turn. Thank you in advance

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Same. Problem is unaffected by clutch depression, key battery replacement, turning the wheel, disconnecting/reconnecting car battery, etc. This seems to be a common problem with the Crossfire's security system. You know all that talk of the expensive chip in your keys that won't let anyone hotwire it? That expensive chip interfaces with an expensive solenoid in your ignition that locks the whole thing. Apparently that expensive ignition isn't expensive enough, because it doesn't last. I found a very detailed forum on how to fix with $350 parts and will have to give it a shot.

http://www.crossfireforum.org/forum/tsbs-how-articles/33074-sticky-ignition-key-fix.html

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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I recently had this same problem. Before you listen to all these people telling you that there is a part in the ignition that costs like $500 to fix, please be sure that your steering wheel hasn't locked your ignition switch. I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but my crossfire had never done this to me until recently. The steering wheel has decided after all this time that it is going to lock up with just a little touch to the wheel ( when the key is out). So try turning the steering wheel (using some strength) to the left and right, you may here a small click. Make sure your foot is on the brake petal, and turn the key. My crossfire started smoothly after doing this. This may not be your solution, but it is worth trying. I had to put some muscle into turning my steering wheel to make it work. Hope this works for you!

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The lock housing and cylinder are the same as the ones on a 2004 Mercedes SLK 320 if you have trouble finding the replacements you can find them on the internet for around 250 for the housing and 20 or so for the cylinder when the cylinder arrives it will have the blade portion of the key in it you can remove the blade on the original key by removing the tiny roll pin at the base of the blade slip the blade out put the new blade in the same direction and reinsert the pin.

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the key may be worn badly or the ignition needs to be replaced.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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tap the lock cylender with a small hammer it will free up the tumblers and the insert key and its working again.

Posted on Jan 08, 2009

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The lock cylinder in the steering column has to be changed. I have see these wear out.

To avoid having a new key combination for the ignition, when you go to the dealer and order new part, tell them that you want to have it in the same combination code as the original. You will have to loan them a copy of the key to have this done.

The last step is you will need someone who knows how to change the cylinder in the steering column. In many models of cars, this is an involved job.

Jerry G.

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I had this problem and it need to have the crank shaft position sensor replace and it worked immediately I found this out the hard way after the car died several times and took time to start again

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Hello,

The battery could be low, also clean cups around battery terminals, ensure that air filter is not clogged. If problem persists, it could possibly be the alternators. :)

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