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

10

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.

11 Answers

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.

1 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful
10

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

10

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.

1 people found this helpful.

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.

2 people found this helpful.
10

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

10

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

10

Well I just got a 2004 Ford Expedition and I did not have any problems starting it until it got cold in the morning and I have to play with it for several minutes until the key turns. Then if it is later in the day when it is warmer the key turns with no problem. So I have to believe the cold is affecting it somehow no matter how weird it sounds.

1 people found this helpful.
10

I just landed here with a similar problem. I tried the hair dryer for 30sec and it worked. So there you have it. Try anything.

1 people found this helpful.

definitely the cold. mine started in the afternoon when warm and then not again the following morning. moisture probably got in there and froze up hard. hairdryer will work. maybe a squirt of WD-40

Your Answer

Escape

Looking for a Used Escape in your area?

CarGurus has 109,729 nationwide Escape listings starting at $850.

ZIP:

Ford Escape Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    6,440
  • #2
    Bratts
    Reputation
    3,020
  • #3
    kbro
    Reputation
    1,750
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Explorer
824 Great Deals out of 65,411 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda CR-V
489 Great Deals out of 73,214 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota RAV4
439 Great Deals out of 75,536 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford F-150
2,385 Great Deals out of 217,045 listings starting at $1,300
Used Ford Focus
422 Great Deals out of 77,732 listings starting at $1,195
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
831 Great Deals out of 76,241 listings starting at $899
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
198 Great Deals out of 16,446 listings starting at $1,499
Used Subaru Forester
256 Great Deals out of 34,830 listings starting at $1,600

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Escape For Sale
32 Great Deals out of 71,494 listings starting at $15,975
2017 Ford Escape For Sale
151 Great Deals out of 7,090 listings starting at $12,698
2016 Ford Escape For Sale
133 Great Deals out of 5,339 listings starting at $8,999
2015 Ford Escape For Sale
233 Great Deals out of 8,558 listings starting at $7,499
2014 Ford Escape For Sale
161 Great Deals out of 4,901 listings starting at $6,981

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.