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2015 Explorer just driven home from work and pulled the key

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Hi, 2015 Explorer just driven home from work and pulled the key out of the ignition and when I grabbed the key it was hot. I wont be able to get back to Chicago (home) for 2 days. Is it safe to drive it on the long 100 mile trip back and to the dealer?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  A. Penland replied 2 years ago.
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How lave you own the Explorer?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The car was purchased from the dealer in March 2015.
Expert:  A. Penland replied 2 years ago.
You should be alright to drive it. The heat on the key is cause by heat transfer from the power steering rack and pinion up the steering column to the key. I would have them inspect it when you get it to the dealership. It may be normal, but definitely have them check it out.