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We have two 2004 Lexus, an ES 330 and an RX 330. I tried to start my wife's RX with my ES key by mistake. Now the RX won't start. I can't move the key in the ignition to the start position--it's locked. Moving the steering wheel doesn't work. This is the third time this has happened. Earlier times the RX started after waiting a while, but hasn't worked this time.

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  • mstran227 Apr 06, 2011

    Dsconnecting the battery didn't work. And of course I can't get it into neutral because it's stuck in Park. When I turn the key on the steering wheel returns to my memory position, but the ignitition key will not move out of Park. I've tried wiggling the steering wheel each time just in case, but it doesn't help.

  • mstran227 Apr 06, 2011

    I can't turn the key at all. I can insert it but it will not turn to the accessory, on, or start engine positions.

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Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome. There is a good chance the ignition module is broke or the lock cylinder is damaged. There is a chance that it will start again after sitting. You may have activated the security system causing the car to not be able to start.

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You may want to try disconnecting and reconnecting the positive battery cable. Also if you put the key in the ignition and move it forward enough to put the car in neutral try that as well. If you need further assistance please let me know.
Thank you,
Lee

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    Lee A. Apr 06, 2011

    Just to make sure I understand the problem. You can turn the key forward but you can't actually crank it or you can crank it but it doesn't start at all?
    Thanks,
    Lee

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