Mitsubishi Repair Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hi,What sort of vehicle is this (year/model)?
Thanks.On this particular model there isn't anything really special about the lock operation or anything like that. Just in case something happened to the key (worn down over time), can we check the key operation in the door and make sure it still turns OK there?
Thanks.Please give the shifter a few pushes forward to make sure the shifter is fully engaged in Park. If it is not fully locked in the key interlock will jam preventing turning the key (the reverse of what happens when the key is turned already and not fully in Park).Since the steering is locked this is going to add a bit of complication... pull the wheel either way, one direction will have a solid stop to it, you need to pull the wheel the other direction while working the key.
Fantastic.... It depends. Did you feel any substantial movement from the shifter, or does it seem more like it was the extra tug on the wheel that did it?
I understand. If the shift lever moved at all, then I would say no it is not a sign of any future issues with the ignition.If however it was firmly in Park, then there is likely some tumbler wear in the ignition cylinder causing the difficulty.What I would do first would be to get some graphite lube for your key and work it back and forth to help lubricate the cylinder and see if you don't have any more issues. That will often clear up minor issues.If however the cylinder tumblers are severely worn, then replacement or rebuilding would be in order. Any lock smith can handle this or your dealer, lock smith would be cheapest though. Just be sure to get it done before it gets to the point that you can't turn the key any more. It will make it much more expensive if the key can't be turned.
If you need further help with this just let me know; I will be leaving for the night shortly, but will be back in the morning if we miss each other.
Definitely a sign that the ignition lock cylinder is having issues. At this point I would schedule at your soonest convenience to get the cylinder either rebuilt or replaced. A dealer will do this for usually an hour in labor plus parts, a lock smith will usually be much cheaper per hour though.The majority of the time the tumblers can be replaced and the cylinder reused if you are only having difficulty turning it (no wobbling key, no key turning but not engaging starter etc). Dealers will usually want to sell a whole cylinder though.
What you don't want to happen is have the cylinder lock up entirely before you get it in for service. The cylinder has to be removed of course to replace tumblers or replace entirely, and to remove it the key must turn. If the cylinder jams to the point you can no longer get it to turn with any level of effort, the cylinder will not be able to be removed.
I am heading out now for the night; again if you need more help with this I will be back in tomorrow and can catch up with you then. No need to reply to this tonight, I am literally heading out right now.
Hi,Did you need any more help with this?