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2004 Chrysler Pacifica Question: Why won't my key turn all the way to "start"?

 

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essiemae, 3.5L V6, Newark, NJ, February 28, 2011, 08:25
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Drove my 2004 Pacifica all day,stopping and starting with no problem. Got home, parked in garage for about three hours and went back to start car and found that my key would not turn all the way to the start position so car engine won't turn over and start. Everything else---radio,dashboard,headlights, heater, anti-theft alarm, auto door open/lock--- works when I turn the key on. The key just won't turn all the way to the start oposition. I even tried turning the the steering wheel while trying to turn the key in case it caused the ignition to somehow get stuck in the "lock" position. No luck. Any idea why this is happening?

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    March 01, 2011, 10:38
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    your ignition lock has to 'start positions", Key on and Start. If you can turn the key to the start position and there is nor response from the starter, you may have issues with the Transmission Range sensor, gear shift cable, wiring or Powertrain Control Module (PCM). Try this first, apply parking brake, depress brake pedal, move shifter many times from Park to 1st and back, then to park and try to start the engine. Sometimes the contacts on the Transmission Range sensor are intermittent. If that doesn't work, further diagnosis is needed. I recommend you go to your local dealership.

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