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post #1 of 5 Old Jan 17th, 2007, 8:14 pm Thread Starter
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Ignition Switch Freezing up

It has finally gotten cold in CT and my ignition switch is frozen in the AM so that I have to take the wifes hair dryer to it. Then when I get to work, the key is frozen and with not come out. It will turn off, just not remove.

Anyone run into the problem and solved it?

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post #2 of 5 Old Jan 17th, 2007, 9:44 pm
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Try "LOCK DE-ICER"

I have never had this problem, but you can buy a small can of Lock-DeIcer from Autozone, NAPA, etc. I also have heard that graphite lock lube is good. It is dry so it doesn't freeze.

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It has finally gotten cold in CT and my ignition switch is frozen in the AM so that I have to take the wifes hair dryer to it. Then when I get to work, the key is frozen and with not come out. It will turn off, just not remove.

Anyone run into the problem and solved it?

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You will have to wait until it thaws to remove the key. Once removed squirt a little graphite grease into the key hole and work it around a bit with the key. WD -40 will also work short term if you do not have the graphite.

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As Jack and Brian said above you have to get rid of the moisture that appears to be thawing and refreezing. In the longer term that moisture will eventually corrode the wires at the bottom of the tumbler. It's happened to me, though not on an LT.

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post #5 of 5 Old Jan 18th, 2007, 5:47 pm Thread Starter
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ignition freeze

Thanks for the info.

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