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Frozen ignition?

Last week I got into my 6 at about 7:30 in the morning. The day before we'd had snow which turned to rain, and everything had frozen overnight. However, it was only about 30 degrees, which is quite warm compared to what we've had lately in Connecticut. When I put the key in the ignition, I couldn't turn it forward. After freaking out for a minute, I figured it could've been frozen. I had to get to school, and luckily after literally blowing on it to heat it for a couple minutes, I was able to get the key turned and she started up fine. I've had no problem since. It was just very strange to me that while the 6 has started up fine in below zero temperatures, it didn't then with a temperature of about 30 degrees. Must've been the moisture. Has anyone else encountered something like this or had any problems?
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Nope, but I guess its possible that if somehow your car had tons of moisture it got into the assembly and froze or atleast made things hard to turn?

Weird.. so you just blew on it with your breath to make it work?
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Yeah, all I did was blow on it for about 2 minutes. The key still didn't turn cleanly, and resisted a bit going forward, but it worked.
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Did you try moving the steering wheel a little and trying again? I've had that happened and just moved the wheel a little and it worked no problem.

Some serious front end mods...

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Hmm...I don't think I did. I was already a bit late, and had about 10 minutes to get to school on the icy roads. :rant

I wasn't quite mentally comprehending the situation well that early in the morning either. I'll keep that in mind though, thanks. :D
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HEHE, yes lock wheels are screwy. Sometimes you have to wiggle the wheel a bit to get the key to turn. It is possible it was froze up a bit, but probably the lock.
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that woulda been an interesting picture.. watching you blow on your key for 2 minutes... ROFL
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;)

Definitely. It was a sight.
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I had the same thing happen at a gas station, but was because i didn't straighten wheels back out when i turned in. Just gotta pull wheel a little to get it to turn. Old S10 would do same thing but in reverse it wouldn't let you turn key back to off when battery was dead, like it had some "HAHA you stuck your key in" device for battery dead. try getting house key off from same ring your ignition key is on when its in the ignition talk about pain in the ass...
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I had the one on my moms old car that I drove before I bought my 6 lock up. It is a old 88 grand marque. I could not get that damn thing to turn for the world. So I call my buddy to help me out, he shows up, then the stupid ass thing turned. I put a ton of lith grease on my key and made sure it got all inside the ignition. Never had a problem after that.

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