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Van locked up, no key will turn ignition

We inserted a new dealer made key into our 2001 Windstar and it did not turn the ignition, so we pulled it out and went to use the original key that had been working. That did not work either and now the ignition, steering column and shift will not move. The theft light keeps blinking on the dashboard but no other lights or sounds. was it the key that locked up the system? Why wouldn't the good key just reset the system? Now the van is stuck in someone else driveway and it is a holiday weekend.

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  • banjo1018 Sep 02, 2008

    key will not turn at all, can not even get the windows rolled up. Steering column will not move. We did try disconnecting the battery for about five hours too.

  • iambateman Sep 27, 2008

    my key(s) will not even turn. It's as if I'm using the wrong key (but I'm not). The steering wheel is locked up and the brake pedal is locked. I have had no new key made. I called the ford dealer and they were purplexed as well.



  • meetjamesbon Feb 05, 2009

    I have the same issue with 2001 windstar, can anyone give a proper solution please.


    Thanks in advance

  • spencers Feb 20, 2009

    I have the same problem where my 2001 Ford Windstar van is stuck in someones driveway and I am unable to get the ignition to move. The shift and the steering wheel neither one will move. Its almost like I have the wrong key.
    I need to know how to resolve this issue.


    Thanks


  • sweetescape Apr 13, 2009

    I have a 1998 town and country chrysler van. my keys are a little worn so I thought that I may need new ones. I'm not sure but I can't get the key to go forward or backwards the brakes are too tight to push to shift the transmission gear down. I'm sitting on a hill leaning to the right so it's too difficult to turn to wheels all the way, I'm stuck

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Did you try rocking the wheel side to side while turning the key? will the key turn at all or just wont start the car? -jeff

Posted on Sep 02, 2008

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    jeff r Sep 02, 2008

    so the origanal key will not work either? try spaying some wd40 in the lock cylinder and using the original key move it in and out of the lock and rock the key around sounds like they cut the new key wrong and one of the pins inside the lock got stuck please rate -jeff

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