Having severe cold weather key will not turn in ignition, tried WD1040, tried warming key, nothing works. Someone suggested trying a hair dryer? HELP!!!!!!

Asked by Jan 24, 2013 at 09:53 AM about the 2003 Ford Escape XLS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2003 Ford Escape XLS, Key will not turn at all in ignition, tried turning steering wheel, tried WD1040, key will not move at all.  Weather is severely cold here now.  I do not know what to do.

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I very much doubt the cold has anything to do with it. My son lives in Wyoming and at 30 below he never had those problems. Try another key first, and there is no hair in the ignition switch to dry (sorry i couldn't resist that one) If another key does not work, for one make sure your foot is on the brake if it's an automatic, that could be the problem anyway, the safety switch on the brake petal.

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Yes, you are right. I will try your suggestion this evening, as it makes more sense. Thank you for your time.

My pleasure, happy to help. At least I hope it helps

Hi I just had my brother-in-law go and put his foot on the brake. He also turned the steering wheel, and held while putting the key in the ignition. Key will not turn at all.

With another key? Then the ignition switch may be just plain stuck, well that came out wrong, of course it's stuck, what I mean is the pins in the ignition switch may have come apart. Let me ask: do you have a set of keys that you use that has 10 keys, a flashlight, and a charm on it that you have used for a long time? follow me? heavy? That will do it, the strain from them swinging will do that to the switch and you need a new one. Problem is on that, it's expensive, a dealer thing unless you can find a mechanic that has the proper tools to re set the transponder on the new switch, or you will have to carry yet another key or re key the door locks.

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Yes, Yes, you are so so right. I have about 10 other keys, small coach sneaker, flashlight, etc. I will get my other spare key from my sister and try that later, if that does not do it, then I will go to the dealer. Thank you.

and get rid of anything unnecessary from your key ring. I don't like suggesting dealers, they are double triple fourple in expense but in this case it is probably for the best

I do understand, and really appreciate this. THANK YOU.

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