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    Default 1999 Chrysler Concorde ignition key won't turn

    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

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    Bill Putney
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    Default 1999 Chrysler Concorde ignition key won't turn

    >
    > 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 hasn't discussed this problem already


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

    Bill Putney
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    address with the letter 'x')

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    Greg Houston
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    Default 1999 Chrysler Concorde ignition key won't turn

    > 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.


    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.

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

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