key will not turn in my 2000 T&C.

Asked by Apr 01, 2013 at 08:32 AM about the 2000 Chrysler Town & Country

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i can insert the key in my 2000 T&C, but it will not turn.  This has been getting worse over the past few weeks and
now it will not turn at all.

3 Answers

Best guess is the lock mechanism is just worn out and there is a broken spring on a pin inside. This is a big headache if you can not get the ignition lock cylinder you already have fixed, otherwise it means a new ignition switch, programming and re keying the doors. They should be operable in case the remote fob system fails. (If it has one) But: before you do anything much, try wiggling the steering wheel as you turn the key, and if you have 15 keys, a flashlight and a charm on your key ring, swinging all the time, that may have been the cause, all that weight

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Spray a little WD40 into the lock assembly then do what David suggested.

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Tap the key with a hammer til the tumblers fall into place

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