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Old 01-18-2005, 07:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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95 RR LWB hard to turnt he key and take out in ignition. What do I need to do to get this fixed?
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Get the key out and get some graphite in there. It will work wonders.
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I will try this right away when I get home. DO I use just powdered graphite or oil mixed graphite?
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Ha-Ha. Good luck, this happens all the time to Classic RR owners. Atlantic British has a tech tip about this basically saying when this happens time to buy a new ignition switch ($$$) but usually we just keep working the key until it turns and starts.

At one point, we were at a gas station (busy of course) shut off truck, filled tank (painful $40) pay, go to leave, car won't start because key won't turn!!
Cars are waiting to come in a gas up, we can't leave. Very embarassing, shot the key switch full of WD-40 and after like 45min (not kidding) it started and we left. Almost had to get it towed.

One thing to do to avoid this is MAKE SURE not to jar the steering wheel after you shut the car off and pull out the key. If the steering wheel locks than stuck keys are way more likely to result.

Good luck--still on original ignition after 190k. Of course, that's better than our 4.0 which needed a 100 mile tow to Land Rover because it was immobilized. ($$$)
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Default Yeah.. You are right.

I had to have the ignition switch relpaced. What a pain in the rear and expensive fix this is!!
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WAIT!!! Don't I used a graphite with liquid lubricant and thats when I started having problems with my car.. I think the alarm started tripping when i used that.. get the powder kind
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Hey Adrian L-where's Crystal MN? Used to live up North in Hibbing, an hour from Duluth.
Not any Rovers up there
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I am about 15 miles West of Minneapolis downtown.
Tons of Rover here but goddly over priced.
I got a really good deal on mine, I think. 95 RR LWB w/ 67k mi. One owner vehicle Blk/Tan for 7k.
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WAIT!!! Don't I used a graphite with liquid lubricant and thats when I started having problems with my car.. I think the alarm started tripping when i used that.. get the powder kind
WAIT WAIT!

Dan, Local auto electric shop, who does keys and such said not to use the graphite power either, as that little blast of air gets the graphite all the way to the back of the tumbler, and onto the contact block, and being a great conductor, the graphite can short out the switch, engage the starter, etc. He used a non conductive spray grease, might have been the lithium one.
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