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2001 Windstar. At shopping mall, went to start and ignition key will not move in lock cylinder . Jiggled wheel and gearstick for almost 2 hours before getting tow home . Never any sign of this problem before, always turns and start first twist.

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You can try tapping on the key when its in with something heavier like a pliers or screw driver, or this should help you get the problem resolved: There is a small hole on the right side of the lower steering column cover. You can stick a long and thin screwdriver in and push the pin up that holds the cylinder in. You can take the whole cylinder out by pushing up, turning the key and pulling outwards. spray some WD-40 on the pin and reinstall if you feel so inclined. It has to do with that pin locking the tumbler from spinning.
Thank you,
Lee

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

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