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Old 06 Jul 2017, 12:01 am
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Hi Guys,

The ignition cylinder is feeling a bit dry and sticky.

I was wondering if any of yous guys put any lube in it and what kind.
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Old 06 Jul 2017, 06:44 am
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I use Remington dry lube.
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They say you should only use graphite powder. It works great but it's also messy. Every time you touch the key for the next month you'll have black crap on your hand. A light oil will attract dust and could make things worse over time.

Chrysler ignitions tend to stick and make it difficult to turn the key from the locked position. If you're experiencing this, try tapping the key firmly while twisting. I discovered this courtesy of Google when i was stuck in a parking lot unable to start our van. It said to use a hammer, but i didn't have one. I whacked the head of the key hard with my heavy tape measure while twisting and not only did the key turn, it fixed the problem and i never had an issue again

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Old 06 Jul 2017, 12:28 pm
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Don't use the ignition key, to open boxes, cut objects, pick your nose,pick your butt,dig something out of a tire, pry, dig for anything, etc.
It is simple....keep your ignition key clean and only use it for what it is and you should never have sticking problem with the switch.

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Old 06 Jul 2017, 04:56 pm
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What about ear wax, Nitro? Is that considered a lubricant? LOL
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laugh it up guys. it's real funny until you're sitting in a 150 car sweating your ass off playing baked potato. can't start the car to get AC, can't roll the windows down. it SUCKS!! in my case i was in the car jiggling the key like a crabby idiot for 10+ minutes, sweating through my shirt, watching two $5 smoothies turn into hawaiian punch. i was livid. maybe the nitro method of starting a car where you gently insert the key, check for chime, then turn the key to the run position, check for burned out bulbs and proper gauge function before gently twisting the key to the start position makes YOUR chrysler ignition remain smooth as time passes, but IIIIIII am a hyper little f'r. i unlock the car, jump in, stab the ignition, and expect it to turn. i do not pick my ass, ear, or anything else with the key. i do not use it as a knife or a screwdriver. i don't even use it in the door unless i'm high and i forget i have a remote.


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graphite oil seems to work great only on home and non chrysler applications. lately i have been a fan of this:

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I've now had chance to trawl the Internet and discovered that this is a very common fault, not only with the Voyager, but with a whole host of Chryslers going back nearly twenty years, and there's an easy fix. With the key in the ignition, tap the end with a soft mallet while simultaneously turning the key back towards the "radio on" position. From there, you can remove the key or rotate forwards to start the car. I tried it, and it works!
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discovered it a few weeks ago when i was baking to death in the sun in our caravan and the damn key wouldn't turn. rather than smash the windows out and jump on the roof, i found that on google. been fine ever since.
i only mention it because 1 it is not funny, it sucks
and 2, the problem starts just as he described.

if there is a way to help before he gets to "the hammer fix" stage, well why not help? there is a TSB on this for our old caravan(3 pages of diagnostics and then tells you to replace the lock cylinder). i did not see it for a PT but..

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Old 06 Jul 2017, 07:19 pm
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struck a nerve. LOL

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Old 06 Jul 2017, 07:59 pm
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Ok then, thanks guys.

I have some graphite so I will give that a try.
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Where'd you get that stuff, Rob? My 97 Grand Caravan has a funky switch and the damned graphite hasn't helped. Gun shop or auto supply store? I say gun shop because of the name and figure it would be very useful in the gun repair business as a lubricant.
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Gun store. The hammer works better though
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Okay, thanks. I'm going out to grab my hammer now. Perhaps the ball peen? LOL
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