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Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2001 14:45:28 GMT
From: jw <johnwebster1nopsamhlink.net>
Subject: Re: Can't turn ignition switch


Nutmegger wrote: > > jw says... > > >> You are always going up there huh? > > > >Only when I *have* to leave beautiful Rhode Island to visit > >family! :) > OH, I know! I love Rhode Island - I want to move there. > And, if money wasn't a problem I'd be on Block Island YES - year round! > Like I said, I am often in Charlestown. I've been to beaches in many states - > nothing compares, especially during high tide. I grew up in Massachusetts, but also lived in Manhattan NYC for a year and San Francisco for five years. Now I live in Rhode Island and here is where I'll stay! :-)))))) > >My ignition seized up again today, probably sand and water that > >got in there due to my location/recreational pursuits. > > Do you notice any other difference in your vehicle being around salt water? Not really, except it gets a film of salt on it. Considering the car has been a Rhode Island car all it's life (originally purchased at Wigwam in N. Providence, 1984), it doesn't have much rust. Only a tiny one-inch round spot on the rear right fender and small but worsening crack/hole in the front right fender. Otherwise, body is nearly perfect. I plan to patch the front fender before too much salt gets thrown on the roads this winter. > >I had a locksmith come by (triple A plus pays up to $100), and he fixed > >it in 5 minutes. > > What exactly did he do to it? > Is it time for a new lock cylinder? All he did was put a blank key in the ignition and tap it a few times with a hammer. Now it works OK. He said, "I probably just had to grind up the sand grains in there." It took him all of two minutes. > >Graphite didn't work this time. > > Could you just use pencil lead? > When I didn't have any lock de-icer, I heated my key with a lighter. > It worked! I've done that too. As someone else said pencil lead wouldn't work. I don't think you could grind it fine enough, nor is it pure graphite??? Have to read other post again. > >Watch that darned ignition when you've got sand stuck to you > >getting into the car and/or drinking beverages! > > That is _one_ thing I don't really miss! I never put my beverage there anyway - > just usually spilled in on me and the seat. I always put it on the passenger seat and hold it around corners. I rarely spill and when I do, it's on the seat. But sometimes it spills into the ignition, only two or three times in two years. Oh and by the way, I only drink beer when I'm parked. ;) > >Yes, I live in/near/on the ocean...;) > Hehe, I'd be in it also. I am year round. You'd be amazed at wetsuit technology these days. Even in February (water <40F, air often below freezing). A surprising number of people are out there then. -jw

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