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Offline pmjolsness

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ignition key won't turn
« on: June 26, 2020, 06:23 PM »
I recently acquired a 1977 Executive on a Dodge frame, and I'm trying to get it running. One of the problems I'm having is I can't get the ignition key to turn. Anyone have any ideas? The previous owner didn't have any other Chrysler products, so he couldn't have given me the wrong key. Any help would be appreciated.

Offline Oz

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Re: ignition key won't turn
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2020, 08:25 PM »
Can you turn the steering wheel?  If not, it's in steering lock and the key won't turn. You have to turn it to the left or right until it stops, hold it there, then try to turn the key. 
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Offline Rickf1985

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Re: ignition key won't turn
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2020, 08:26 PM »
You will need a new ignition switch if it is the one in the dash or an ignition lock if it is the one on the steering column.

Offline pmjolsness

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  • Engine: 440-3
Re: ignition key won't turn
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2020, 11:51 PM »
When I was being pulling it out of the back yard I was able to steer the motorhome without the key, there doesn't seem to be a steering wheel lock. I was able to muscle the turns better than I thought it would. The ignition switch is on the steering column.

Offline Elandan2

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Re: ignition key won't turn
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2020, 07:15 AM »
You probably already know this but a Dodge key goes in "upside down" compared to a similar GM key. Just a thought. I know that on my mh and old truck the key will go in either way (probably because everything is worn out !!) but will only work in the correct orientation.
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Offline Oz

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Re: ignition key won't turn
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2020, 10:41 AM »
Wow... 3 Dodges and I never knew that!  :-[
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Offline pmjolsness

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  • Engine: 440-3
Re: ignition key won't turn
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2020, 12:45 PM »
Yeah this one the key will only go in in the "upside down" position.

Offline Elandan2

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Offline pmjolsness

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  • Make: Executive
  • Model: 25'
  • Chassis: Dodge
  • Engine: 440-3
Re: ignition key won't turn
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2020, 11:02 PM »
yeah, you might be right. Now all I got to do is get the old one out. That's a really good price too. One question, I see you have a 1977 Dodge chassis too. One thing I noticed is mine doesn't have a locking steering column, is yours the same way?

Offline Elandan2

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Re: ignition key won't turn
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2020, 07:06 AM »
Yes, no steering lock and no "accessory" position. Just "off", "on", and "start". To remove the lock, you have to take the steering wheel off, remove the turn signal assembly and then push a pin into the hole at the end of the cylinder. As i recall, that is all that is required.
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