I ran a quick errand to the local drug store today, and upon returning home I found I couldn’t remove my car key from the ignition. I tried restarting the car, switching gears, backing up, going forward, turning the radio off, putting my visor down, sticking my right hand in the glove box while reclining my seat and all to no avail. (Milton Bradley would be proud.) A quick Google search turned up this thread at About.com- which doesn’t look promising. It looks like another trip to the dealership is in order. I put my big, fat, ‘keyless’ fob back on my keyring so I can at least lock up the car. (This is in addition to our built in, anti-theft mechanism called: “Baby-seat-filled-with-Gold-Fish-cracker-crumbs-and-Matchbox-cars-strewn-about.”)
If they made car ignition switches like they made door nob locks, I wouldn’t be in this predicament. But nooo, automobiles contain all this inter-related circuitry and cross wiring. Somewhere a young engineer decided that: The ignition switch connects to the shif-ter, the shif-ter connects to the air-bag, the air-bag connects to the door-lock, the door-lock connects to hip-bone, etc. From here on in there would be no more ‘stick it and click it’.
I’ll report my findings soon.
What recent car episode have left you hoodwinked?