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#1 (permalink) Old 03-13-2011, 11:32 AM
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I have a 2007 Rondo and occasionally I can't remove the key after shutting off the engine. This has been going on for about a year now. I just took it back to the dealer and of course it wouldn't do it there. The dealer said if he can't see the problem he can't fix it. I understand his point, but I still have the problem. Any help out there?
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Can you rotate the ignition when the key sticks? Or is the key stuck in the ignition, such that you can't rotate it and also you can't remove it? Is it like a mechanical grip holding the key in, or is it like there is something sticky inside the ignition like honey?
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The key won't rotate to the position that allows you to remove the key.
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Maybe the steering wheel locking mechanism (I assume the Rondo has one) is malfunctioning? Are you able to turn the steering wheel to see if it unlocks the key rotation? Does it only happen when the steering wheel is at certain positions?
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When it happens, moving the steering wheel doesn't help.
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have you tried spraying some cleaning oil into the lock? You sometimes get something similar happening on regular exterior door locks on a house. Also sounds like the tumblers are not lining up properly.
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I guess I should have stated at the beginning that I have tried all the obviuos tricks. The doggone thing will work for days and then it just won't rotate to the position that allows your to take the key out of the slot. Wiggling the steering, restarting the engine and moving the car a little, LPS in the key slot, using another key to help push the mechanism in all the way, probably 3 or 4 more that I can't think of right now. Then, all of a sudden, it will come out. It's like it has a mind of it's own.
I was real disappointed in my trip to the dealer. They said sorry, if it doesn't do it here, we can't help. They didn't take anything apart or even attempt to troubleshoot.
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2 things:

Graphite dust in the lock not anything like oil, dirt sticks to oil but not graphite!

Have you tried making sure the gear selector is well & truly in Park? Sounds silly but sometimes this can have the same effect you're describing.

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I looked on KGIS and found a wiring diagram for the ignition key solenoid. I took the upper steering column cover off and could see the connector to the solenoid but couldn't reach it. After working my way under the dash, I was able to disconnect the connector for the solenoid. The key hasn't been a problem since. I realize that the key can now be removed while the car is in drive but I'm an old guy. All my old cars were like that.
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Nice Work! Glad you were able to resolve the problem to your liking.
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