2003 Chrysler Town & Country Q&A
2003 Chrysler Town & Country Question: KEY IN IGNITION WILL NOT TURN
WHEN WE PUT THE KEY INTO THE IGNITION THE KEY WILL NOT TURN. - Visitor
Had the same thing happen on my 2001 Town & Country (90K miles) recently. My wife called me at work from the grocery store parking lot. Ignition key wouldn't turn. You'll eventually need to replace your ignition key switch lock on the steering wheel. The part can be purchased on ebay for $34.99 with free shipping. The part is a few inches long and cylindrical in shape. You need to provide your VIN # when ordering to ensure you get the correct part. You can install in 15 minutes; you just turn the key in the ignition, push on a tab under the steering column, and the ignition key lock falls out. Reverse the steps to install the new replacement. For a free, short-term fix: put the key into the ignition; use a rubber mallet to tap the key into the ignition. This is guaranteed to work. I read a long thread on the internet, and everyone who tried it were amazed that it does work. You might go 25 start-ups before the next time the key won't turn. You could do this forever, I suppose, but you'll eventually want to purchase and install the replacement part. - Visitor
I did the hammer tap and it worked. My wife had a heavy key chain she had just attached which seemed to contribute to this not working. I took the heavy key chain off. Then I got a small bottle of graphite. I put graphite on the key, slid in and out of lock, kept putting graphite in. This was maybe a year ago and I've not had the problem happen again. Seems like in our case the heavy key chain caused some wear on the key or tumblers, the tumblers started sticking a little, maybe with the shavings from they key. Graphite loosened everything up and since we removed the key chain we stopped the cause of the sticky tumblers. - Visitor
Thank you so much! This happened to us tonight and the rubber mallet worked! We were so thrilled bcause we are on vacation. My husband did say he did it lightly at first and it didn't work but then he did it again a bit harder (3 to 4 good taps) and it worked! Try it and hopefully works for you too. :) - dazz77
was just quoted 350 - 450, tap tap and it worked the first time. auto locksmiths preys on others misfortune - bweste
260,000 miles on 2003 Chrysler Town & Country - "key in ignition will not turn" - first tried (in 15 degree F snow storm)by heating up the steering column with a blow dryer, and then used WD-40 sprayed into the ignition cylinder, that lasted intermittently for six months, sometimes it would stick, but if you persisted in trying to turn the key without bending it, eventually it would start. Now in summer (in 90 degree F heat wave) no matter how long I persisted in trying to turn the key, and no matter how much WD-40 I sprayed into the key hole, the key in the ignition switch would not turn. Called an "AAA" locksmith; dispatcher said he would charge $15 to come to where the car was parked; I said I wanted to know the total cost of the repair before agreeing to any charges; dispatcher said he would charge $90 per key plus the cost of the ignition cylinder plus labor, but that was if he didn't find anything else wrong. Easily could have cost me $15 plus $180(two keys)plus $90-110 (ignition cylinder) plus $50 labor which easily surpass $300 to repair and replace ignition switch. Went to both Autozone and Advance Autoparts; both carried the same switch, a Dorman 924-703 Ignition Lock Cylinder selling for the same price $67.50 which comes WITH TWO KEYS and instructions. Local "mobile" mechanics (who travel to where the car is located to do the repair) wouldn't work for less than a flat fee of $100+ (labor)but wouldn't quote an hourly rate. I bought the Dorman 924-703, but the instructions assumed that the key in ignition could be turned, making the instructions worthless. Went to google and then to your website, which is the ONLY WEBSITE I've found that lists the rubber mallet solution. IT WORKED PERFECTLY, and EXACTLY AS ALL THE OTHER CONTRIBUTORS WHO ANSWERED THIS QUESTION reported. Thanks, everyone; I lost a full day of work earnings today plus a penalty for not showing up; but at least the car now starts reliably and I won't miss all my weekend assignments. IT IS AMAZING THAT IT WORKS!! Thanks!! - aussie2025
Read all the answers and was really skeptical. Triedo it & and it worked as advertised :)! I have a 1999 Chrysler Town & Country Limited. Instant hero for the wife ;) hehehe... - gunnarr
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