'99 Concorde ignition key won't turn

Discussion in 'Concorde' started by postscript, Sep 8, 2005.

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    postscript Guest

    Hi! We've got a '99 Chrysler Concorde, worked normally this morning, now
    the ignition key won't turn at all. The steering wheel is not locked (I
    can turn it more than 1/2 turn to either side). The shift lever won't
    move out of park with the key in or out. Putting the key in makes the
    interior lights come on and the 'open door' chime goes off.

    Searching the archives, I found the following possible things to do:

    hit it with a hammer
    spray WD-40 down it
    make sure the battery cables are clean

    I couldn't find much else. Any suggestions??

    thanks very very much in advance for any clues
    postscript, Sep 8, 2005
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    Bill Putney Guest

    Hmmm - there was a Safety Recall C45 on '99 300M/Intrepid/Concorde (also
    1st gen LHS as well as 95-99 Cirrus, Startus, Breeze, and Sebring
    convertible) that allowed the tranny to be moved out of park with the
    key removed, and allowed the key to be removed with the tranny not in
    park. Yours seems to be doing quite the opposite, but the
    shifter/ignition interlock is involved in both. Have the dealer check
    your VIN to see if the recall has been performed.

    Other than that, perhaps a dealer tech can chime in, or do a search on
    www.dodgeintrepid.net forums.

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, Sep 8, 2005
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    tim bur Guest

    there is a repair kit for the key cylinder and a new housing it's the same
    one for the minivans but some techs want to replace the column but it's not
    tim bur, Sep 8, 2005
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    Steve Guest

    I've been ignoring that recall because I WISH the stupid interlock would
    fail (funny, none of my other cars have killed me, and I can shift 2 of
    them into any gear without the key in the ignition :) I hate "nanny"
    features like interlocks, personally. The one I hate the MOST is the one
    that makes you stand on the brake before shifting into gear on cars
    newer than any of mine. But I digress.

    Maybe I should have it done if the failure can cause a non-functional
    ignition lock....
    Steve, Sep 8, 2005
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    TNKEV Guest

    Whacking the key in is a temporary fix,the key lock cylinder likely
    needs replacing.
    you could whack it then squirt WD in it,but it may not last long.
    TNKEV, Sep 8, 2005
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    maxpower Guest

    Tap the key with a small hammer as you are turning it to start and it will
    turn, The key cylinder and waffers are shot, the only fix is to replace the
    cylinder and recode it to the key again.
    Spraying a lubricant in it will not fix the problem.
    And if you keep putting the repair off it will eventually not turn at all
    leaving you stranded.

    Bill P, Im surprised your forum hasnt discussed this problem already

    Glenn Beasley
    Chrysler Tech
    maxpower, Sep 8, 2005
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    Don Guest

    I just traded in my old Nissan p/u that would do the same thing. It was
    always the fault of not putting the shift lever all the way into park.
    Don, Sep 8, 2005
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    Bill Putney Guest

    They have - in spades. I just haven't followed that particular problem
    (because I haven't experienced it).

    Bill Putney
    (To reply by e-mail, replace the last letter of the alphabet in my
    address with the letter 'x')
    Bill Putney, Sep 9, 2005
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    Greg Houston Guest

    Were your parked on an incline when this happened? It happened to me once
    ('99 Intrepid). Apparently the car rolled back a fraction of an inch
    despite me having the park brake on. The car rolling back slightly put
    pressure on the transmission and/or the park pin so I couldn't take the car
    out of Park. The solution was me pushing on the car slightly while a helper
    turned the key one position.

    --who hasn't gotten that shift interlock recall done either and shudders to
    think what the dealer will screw up when it is done......
    Greg Houston, Sep 9, 2005
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