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Old 05-20-2017, 08:17 PM   #1
Ravenpb226
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Default 06 wrx key stuck in ignition/intermittent start

I've searched everywhere and haven't found a thing yet on this. I have an 06 wrx sedan with an ap v3, it's been starting intermittently over the past couple months, then the other day it finally just wouldn't start.

I assumed the starter was done since there was no cranking and everything else worked perfectly. Replaced it, and same thing, except it ran once, went down the road and back and now my key is stuck in the ignition. I've never had this happen on a manual before so I'm lost.

Anyone have any ideas on either removing the key or starting issues.
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:31 PM   #2
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Key, AT or MT? AT needs to be fully in park to release the key.

The steering wheel may be twisted a bit, binding the locking mechanism, twist the wheel a bit either way to see did the key frees up.

Since you have a key and starting issue, could be the lock cylinder, could be the electrical part of the ignition switch. Sorta cheap part, fussy to replace.
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Old 05-22-2017, 07:18 AM   #3
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Mt and its not the steering wheel lock that's holding it in place. I did find an auto mate av1 box with some broken wires. I'm thinking a previous owner had an alarm system installed and now I'm paying for it
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Old 05-22-2017, 06:38 PM   #4
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Ok got the key out (just a really bad old key) still struggling with the intermittent starting. Completely disconnected the auto mate thing and after a few tries it started. Still wishy washy to if it will crank or not but I'm ruling out the aftermarket security thing
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Old 05-22-2017, 06:49 PM   #5
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It might help to get LockEze and work it into the ignition. Give it a squirt, then slide the key in and out a number of times, remove key, squirt some more, key back in and twist full range of the lock a number of times.
Remove key and wipe off.
Do the door locks as well, especially if you usually use a remote.
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