1997 Ford Explorer V8 All Wheel Drive Automatic
Key will go into ignition lock, but won't turn. After setting in a high-humidity area for three months, fungus or mold is preventing the lock tumblers from responding to the key. If I insert a paperclip leg into the 1/8" diameter hole what happens? Can the entire key/lock assy be released for cleaning?
email update 1/16/09
Thanks for your suggestions. However the problem was found to be in the steering wheel interlock mechanism. Insertion of the key did not cause the locking pin to withdraw. Repeated hard-torquing of the steering wheel (first left & then right) several times finally caused the pin to release.
Now I'm trying to figure how to get to the pin mechanism to either grease it
or spray it with WD-40.
Saturday, January 10th, 2009 AT 2:46 PM