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Is there any reason that an ignition key will not turn in the lock other than a faulty lock cylinder assembly? I've got a '98 Maxima that has jammed up on me twice in the last week. It will eventually start but I don't know why. Trying different keys and lubing the lock didn't help.Could the security system or the automatic transmission gear selector be at fault somehow?

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  • louscannen2 Apr 08, 2011

    We made sure that the steering wheel wasn't binding and we tried pushing the key in and we tried pulling the key out slightly. We also tried pulling up on the key a little and pushing down on it a little. We also made sure that the transmission was all the way in PARK. In case the security system was somehow locking us out we tried waiting several minutes and trying again, then we tried disconnecting the battery for several minutes in the hope that the security system would reboot. None of that worked, but we kept fiddling with it and the key finally decided to turn. We fussed with it for over an hour. Your comment about replacing or tightening the starter was interesting We just had the starter replaced a couple of weeks before we started having this problem --- or did you mean "starter SWITCH"? The lock cylinder IS a little loose (although I've seen looser) and I was going to replace it until I found out it would cost $300. Then I figured I'd better check with you guys about other possible causes first. For instance, is the shift linkage adjustment something I should be checking, or can a security system disable the lock mechanism (no computer chip in the key of this model Maxima) if it mistakenly thinks someone is trying to tamper with the car? ... or something else?

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Hi, this common situation arises when the steering-lock mechanism binds, usually because the wheels are jammed against the curb.
A steering wheel has a lock mechanism to prevent the key from turning in the ignition, a security device to prevent theft. To start the ignition, pull and hold the steering wheel to the right or left before you turn the key.
The ignition switch and starter can become loose and slip so the key fails to make correct contact which i think you are currently experiencing. You can try to push the key in as you turn it. The starter may require replacement or at least tightening.

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    Figure 1 - Article 98-21-14

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