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Old 01-01-2007, 01:21 AM   #1
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Default Key Stuck in Ignition...

I've only had my '98 993 for a few weeks and I have an issue which may not sound like much but could turn into a headache. When I turn the ingition off, the key won't turn all the way to the left and gets stuck in the off position. I then can't turn it back on or get the key out of the ignition. With patience and quite a bit of jiggling I can get the key out, but then once the key is inserted it won't turn in either direction. I have tried both keys that came with the car with similar result. The steering wheel turns freely in this condition, so its not a matter of the wheel locking against the key.

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Am I looking at having to replace the keys or the cylinder or both?
Is a cylinder replacement something I can attack myself of is it pretty funky?
Is this a common dilemma?

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Old 01-01-2007, 01:30 AM   #2
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Perchance do you have a TIP?
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:44 AM   #3
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I do have a Tip...
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Old 01-01-2007, 11:06 AM   #4
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I've made this mistake a few times with my TIP. Same result each time. As long as you are careful to turn the key to the off position ONLY after selecting PARK, you shouldn't have any problem going forward. If you make a mistake and turn the key to off in DRIVE, or in any other gear, the key will get stuck...
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Old 01-01-2007, 11:07 AM   #5
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Do a search on 'key' and 'tiptronic', apparently if the tip's shifter gets out of adjustment it can jack up the ignition lock in the way you describe.
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Old 01-01-2007, 12:39 PM   #6
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I though it was your car's way of saying, "I am not ready to stop now!"
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:03 PM   #7
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Do a search on 'key' and 'tiptronic', apparently if the tip's shifter gets out of adjustment it can jack up the ignition lock in the way you describe.
Happened to me. Easy fix for someone that knows the cars. Don't mess with the ignition key anymore. You'll just mess it up. The problem isn't there.
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:18 PM   #8
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I had a similar problem the first time or two I drove mine until my son drove it and mentioned that there is sort of a stiff spring in the ignition switch that allows the key to be turned a few degrees counterclockwise from the "off" position to remove the key. If you are stopping at off and not turning the extra few degrees against the stiff spring, that's your probem. Tey turning just a little bit harder (not hard enough to break something!) and the key should come right out.

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Also try a small shot of WD40 in the ignition switch, but the problem most likely is in the gear selector nadjustment.
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The reason I asked if you had a Tip was that my car did the same thing and the final fix was to remove the switch panels in front of the shifter and adjust the cable linkage of the shifter a little ( it lies just under those panels ). It turned out mine was just a little out of adjustment and by tightening it up, it now works fine...I think it is a 10 or 12mm nut ( double locking). It's pretty easy. PM me if you need more instructions.
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I did all of the above. I got the key out by rocking the car back and forth and "re-shifting" it into park. I also shot the ignition with a bit of WD-40 for good measure. There is clearly a knack to pushing it in slightly while turning the key a bit past noon counterclockwise. Looks like I need to adjust the shifter cable if it keeps up. I am ok doing the shifter dance but I'm not sure the wife will be...
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I did all of the above. I got the key out by rocking the car back and forth and "re-shifting" it into park. I also shot the ignition with a bit of WD-40 for good measure. There is clearly a knack to pushing it in slightly while turning the key a bit past noon counterclockwise. Looks like I need to adjust the shifter cable if it keeps up. I am ok doing the shifter dance but I'm not sure the wife will be...
That sort of improvisational thing would be acceptable if it was a Buick or some such trash, but not a Porsche. Fix it!
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That sort of improvisational thing would be acceptable if it was a Buick or some such trash, but not a Porsche. Fix it!
What, you don't like the idea of reaching around the steering wheel to grab/pull the column shift lever so you can start the car? I think that was the routine in early-70's GM's, correct?
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I did all of the above. I got the key out by rocking the car back and forth and "re-shifting" it into park. I also shot the ignition with a bit of WD-40 for good measure. There is clearly a knack to pushing it in slightly while turning the key a bit past noon counterclockwise. Looks like I need to adjust the shifter cable if it keeps up. I am ok doing the shifter dance but I'm not sure the wife will be...
You might want to consider, as mentioned, adjusting the shifter cables before you wear out the ignition cylinder.
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Old 01-01-2007, 09:43 PM   #15
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Wonder if the steering lock has something to do with this problem? does the key turn easier when wiggling the steering wheel?
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