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Driving without keys in ignition

I accidently realized I could pull my keys out of the ignition while driving. What do I need to fix this?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-03-2006, 11:49 PM
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Eh, I have that same problem. I believe it is common with these cars. There's supposed to be a pin that holds the key in the lock cylinder when it's in any position but OFF but I guess it's just a bad design because it doesn't work very well. My original lock cylinder let the key come out. I got a replacement because the metal thing outside of the steering column trim panel was breaking off. The new lock cylinder came with its own key and it held it in like it was supposed to, but I then got it rekeyed to my original key and after that it was able to come out again.


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Ok, so one time I had to pick up my cousin and her friend from a party, and her friend was really drunk. Anyway she's in the back seat talking about all kinds of stuff and singing random songs and other things that drunk people do, and all of a sudden she leans up to me and says in a very slurred voice "Michael, you're drunk, and friends don't let friends drive drunk, so I'm taking your keys" I laughed, said OK, and pulled the keys out of the ignition and threw them in the back seat on her lap and continued driving to my cousin's house. About 5 full minutes later she leans up with the keys and goes "wait a second..." and my cousin and I laughed for a long time at how long it took her to realize what had happened. Anyway that's the first funny story I have about that "problem" with our cars.

Another time shortly after my girlfriend got her first tbird she was speeding down the highway and I was sitting in the passenger seat, and I look over and remembered that my cougar did that, so I said "I wonder" she says "you wonder what?" and I then reached over and pulled the keys out of the ignition. She immediately slammed on the brakes and started screaming "PUT IT BACK! PUT IT BACK!" Apparently she didn't appreciate the usefulness of that feature like I did.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-04-2006, 09:40 AM
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Have you guys tried another Key?? (IE usually you have two keys that come with a car, or maybe it's just my cars )

But with my '91 with one key i can remove it in any position.. but with the other Key it will not come out unless the ignition `switch' is in the locked/off position..

I Believe it mostly relies on the condition of the Key itself...

Personally i like the removable Key.. I can remove the Key when it's running, lock the door and not to have to worry too much, mind you i usually only do this well moving around cars, if i have to run back in for a second, or just plan letting it warm up in the winter
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My old town car did that, but it was only because one of my keys was worn. I still had the originals in good shape and they wouldn't come out. It was fun to mess with people with the worn key, someone would ask for the keys to get in the house and I'd say "OK" and hand them the keys, car still running. Then I would just put it back in and take off.


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My 89 Cougar is the same way. The switch/column are slightly jacked up. They didn't say anything about it when I had the recall done for the flaming steering column. I can remove the key also while in RUN or ACC. I can't say that it is the key or the column, my keys have no sharp edges left or sharp ramps, very rounded and worn.

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lmao, my 91 cougar did the same thing. I loved it as I could warm my car up in the winter get out with the keys and lock the door (even though I did have a spare key basically would be the same thing but who wants to carry two). Also liked it if someone was riding along and it was already running, and had to run into the house for a sec. Just pull the key and go to the house with car still running and music playing for them lol. Most likely its the key. My key was pretty worn and thats why it did that (original key). My spare key which I never used wouldn't pull out when car was running. I also loved driving the car without keys in. Start up car, remove key and put in pocket, drive to destination and shut off car without key even in and still in pocket lmao.

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I hate getting pulled over without keys in the ignition
The cops don't find it as funny as I do.

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I had a beater pontiac 6000 with that quote unquote "feature" actually i loved it, came in handy many times
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I've had a few lock cylinders go out, but they just jammed, no pulling the key out. Cool.
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My Cougar has the same problem but only b/c one of my original keys is worn; my other original key won't come out of the ignition in RUN or ACC.

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haha this makes me wonder if my car does it
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Originally Posted by mattcorby
I had a beater pontiac 6000 with that quote unquote "feature" actually i loved it, came in handy many times
Sounds like my old Cavi . . . I could even start that thing without the keys if you turned it just right

*while car is running*
"Hey man, open your trunk"
*take keys out of ignition without shutting car off*
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My Crown Vic does the same thing. One key can come out at any time, the other doesn't come out except when it's supposed to. I often miss that "feature" when driving the T-Bird. It was nice to be able to leave the car idling on a cold day but still lock all the doors.
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I just use the keyless entry on the side of the door, lol, but I will have to check to see if I can remove the keys while running.
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My oldsmobile did the same thing. If the wheel was straight, you could just turn it on without the key, it was pretty fun, and useful.

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