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2008 Lexus RX350 Question: Ignition key will not turn

 

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Mcbitsy, Marietta, GA, May 31, 2011, 11:37
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Bought the car used in February . Just returned from a 1000 mile plus vacation. Maintenance required light came on with indication to change air filter and something else minor. The front headlight assembly had to be repaired shortly after purchase because of condensation. It was a service repair only by dealer and was a huge expense. Car is parked in the garage I can put the key into the ignition and the steering wheel adjust but the key will not turn.

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    May 31, 2011, 11:48
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    Either the key is not working the lock or the steering wheel lock is jamming the ignition lock. If the steering lock is jamming the ignition lock, you may be able to get the lock to turn by moving the steering wheel slightly to take tension off the lock and trying to turn the key. Don't force the key if it won't turn. If the lock itself is sticking, a drop or two of penetrating oil like Liquid Wrench on the key may help. Don't use WD-40 in a lock because it dries to a waxy substance (very good for rustproofing but not lubricating) and that will harm the lock. Last resort, a locksmith or tow to a Lexus specialist.
    If you want to find a specialist, here's our directory link for you:
    https://repairpal.com/directory?address=30062&car_brand_names=Lexus

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    overbys from Overbys Inc, May 31, 2011, 12:42
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    vehicle is just 3 years old...if it has less than 50,000 miles, it's still under warranty.

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    Visitor, May 31, 2011, 15:42

    Oh yes, wouldn't that be wonderful. Thanks but it has too many miles for the warrenty to be effective. The problem now is getting it out of the garage. Have called AAA for a tow - hope they can do it as the driveway is perpendicular to the garage and the car was parked
    front end in first.

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