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Old 12-22-2008, 10:17 AM   #1
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Key not turning

the 00 9-5 has hit another problem and im stumped, i got a message the other day saying replace key battery on the SID, so i did, the message was still there, and now when i put the key in, i cant turn it, its stuck, its like the key isnt programmed with the car anymore, i have two keys and both of them are doing the same thing, so im thinking its something with the car rather than the keys, any ideas?? i really need to drive the and i dont want to take it to the dealer
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:19 AM   #2
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the battery shouldn't effect if the key turns. wheel lock?
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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Maybe the lock cylinder froze?

Even if a key is not programed for the car, but its the correct cut key, it should still turn the cylinder. I'm thinking its the cylinder.

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the battery shouldn't effect if the key turns. wheel lock?
DO 9-5s even have a wheel lock out? I know the wheel will lock....but lock out the key? I always thought the ignition had to be on the steering column for that to work.
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and it was the battery in the banana fob right? or do you have the all in one key?
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Yeah i have the banana one, both key fobs arent working, but that should have nothing to do with the key not turning in the ignition

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Maybe the lock cylinder froze?

Even if a key is not programed for the car, but its the correct cut key, it should still turn the cylinder. I'm thinking its the cylinder.

any idea how to unfreeze it if thats the case?
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is the center of your ignition popped up or still in the down position? my keeps getting stuck down so I can't turn the key
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:45 AM   #7
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no Wheel lock on the 9-5, but reverse lock out tho- if you have a 5spd. That could effect the ability to turn the lock ( but not anything to do with the battery and such)
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is the center of your ignition popped up or still in the down position? my keeps getting stuck down so I can't turn the key
mm i have to take a look but im almost certain its popped up

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no Wheel lock on the 9-5, but reverse lock out tho- if you have a 5spd. That could effect the ability to turn the lock ( but not anything to do with the battery and such)
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take a hair dryer to it
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Thanks craig and dan, that did the trick, i guess it was just frozen, it has been extremely cold today, i just find it weird that the ignition cylinder inside the car can freeze up like that without being directly in contact with the cold and wind,

now i have to just replace the battery in the key fob and hopefully everything is back 2 normal
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Is your car stored outside?
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Is your car stored outside?
yeah, i understand the inside of the car gets really cold but cold enough to lock the ignition? i mean thats what it was but i cant imagine it being that cold in there
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yeah, i understand the inside of the car gets really cold but cold enough to lock the ignition? i mean thats what it was but i cant imagine it being that cold in there
I think it was about 10 degrees when you factor in the wind chill. So freezing is what, 32 degrees? So given that the car would likely be a couple of degrees higher than the outside temp of 10, you still have a cold enough condition for it to freeze.

I know when I get in my car first thing in the morning on a cold day I am still freezing my ass off until the car warms up. It is a very slight difference between outdoors and inside the car.
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Old 12-22-2008, 11:23 AM   #14
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try getting some kind of a lock cylinder lube. i know there are graphite lubricants out there. the ignition cylinder in my ng locked up on this past fall, i just lubed it up and it's been smooth ever since. maybe even a light oil like wd-40 wouldn't be a bad idea
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I think it was about 10 degrees when you factor in the wind chill. So freezing is what, 32 degrees? So given that the car would likely be a couple of degrees higher than the outside temp of 10, you still have a cold enough condition for it to freeze.
Makes sense, its 21 degrees right now lol this is the first time that iv had the ignition cylinder lock up, the door locks have frozen on me before but iv unlocked them by using a lighter and heating the key

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try getting some kind of a lock cylinder lube. i know there are graphite lubricants out there. the ignition cylinder in my ng locked up on this past fall, i just lubed it up and it's been smooth ever since. maybe even a light oil like wd-40 wouldn't be a bad idea
Thats not a bad idea, i probably have some graphite powder lying around somewhere ill throw some of that in there just in case
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LOL it's all good we basically got the car for free my dads friend at the dealership sold him the 9-5 and that green 900 I had for 1700 total I sold the 900 for 1900 so that mean we got $200 and a 9-5 can't be that and yes it's my moms
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LOL it's all good we basically got the car for free my dads friend at the dealership sold him the 9-5 and that green 900 I had for 1700 total I sold the 900 for 1900 so that mean we got $200 and a 9-5 can't be that and yes it's my moms
Hell of a deal.

It was -4 on the SID this morning and the temp gauge didn't make it to where it normally sits. It has been brutally cold so far this winter.
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Hell of a deal.

It was -4 on the SID this morning and the temp gauge didn't make it to where it normally sits. It has been brutally cold so far this winter.
dam -4 i think it hit just about 12 degrees 2night, add wind chill, its horrible, one day last week it was 60 fukin degrees in NJ, i was wearing shorts,
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