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Old 06-10-2005, 11:41 PM   #1
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Key will not turn in ignition! Battery?

Hey guys i was out earlier this evening cleaning interior of car both doors were open and all interior lights were on. i didnt leave any lights on but when i went out some 3hours later my key will not turn in the ignition. The battery seemed to be very weak and the lights are dim. I am trying to charge battery w/ booster cables but am not having any luck, been on for approx. 30mins. Im not sure if it helps but the headlights will not turn on either, maybe the ignition has to be on for them to work. If it matters at all its a 99 model. Any clues or suggestions, i will be getting new battery for sure but i dont have radio code and nearest dealer is approx 60miles away. thanks for support in advance

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Old 06-10-2005, 11:55 PM   #2
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Problem solved, man do i feel stupid!!!!!!

Sorry if i alarmed anyone, but just as i was finishing my reply i thought of something. While cleaning the dash i was trying to get in between the gauges and the dash, it was really dirty in there and i turned the steering wheel all the way over and it the lock was engaged. It had not occured to me that this was the case. I know i just freaked out for nearly 2hours. That was scary to say the least. All is well now of course. Almost sad now though, i was planning on driving for an hour or so to "charge" the dead battery if i was able to jump it. Oh well i will make up for it tommorow. Hope this serves someone else in the future.
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Old 06-11-2005, 07:45 AM   #3
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That was going to be my suggestion. This is very common on the Box.
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Old 06-11-2005, 07:45 AM   #4
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Don't feel too bad... I know I've done what you did with the wheel turned too far and I bet nearly every one else has too... maybe not for two hours of flipping out like you did, but at least for a little bit of time.

"Smart mistakes are the ones from which we learn. Stupid mistakes are the ones we repeat over and over."

I betcha you'll never do that again.
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Old 06-11-2005, 09:09 AM   #5
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just for information purposes, I have a 97, and the headlights will not come on unless the engine is running. The most you'll get without that is the parking lights.

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