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Old 07 Feb 2004, 08:12 pm
Compu-Z
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Default Changed Tire Car Won't Start (2002 Civic LX)

Here's a head scratcher that probably makes me sound stupid but none the
less still need help. Noticed a screw in the front tire so I changed the
tire. I went to turn the key so I can use my tire inflator (to plug into
the lighter plug) and the key won't turn. Just beeps like the key is in the
ignition and reminds you to take it out. Doesn't turn one way or another,
totally locked. Tried a spare key still no luck. FOB still works fine. I
have no idea what I did. Took off the old tire put on the spare. Did it
before and the car started. Lucky this time it is in my garage and not on
the side of the highway.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. 2002 Civic Sedan LX (Canadian).


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Old 07 Feb 2004, 08:40 pm
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Default Re: Changed Tire Car Won't Start (2002 Civic LX)

Try turning the steering wheel one way or the other and see if that
makes it possible to turn the key. Every so often the steering wheel
will rest against the steering wheel lock so hard the key won't move.
Did you replace a front or a rear tire?

Compu-Z wrote:
>
> Here's a head scratcher that probably makes me sound stupid but none the
> less still need help. Noticed a screw in the front tire so I changed the
> tire. I went to turn the key so I can use my tire inflator (to plug into
> the lighter plug) and the key won't turn. Just beeps like the key is in the
> ignition and reminds you to take it out. Doesn't turn one way or another,
> totally locked. Tried a spare key still no luck. FOB still works fine. I
> have no idea what I did. Took off the old tire put on the spare. Did it
> before and the car started. Lucky this time it is in my garage and not on
> the side of the highway.
>
> Any suggestions would be appreciated. 2002 Civic Sedan LX (Canadian).

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Old 07 Feb 2004, 11:10 pm
Charlie S
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Default Re: Changed Tire Car Won't Start (2002 Civic LX)

Down here in the States, my '01 Accord does not have a cigarette
lighter nor any ash trays. It does have an accessory receptacle for
electronic items such as cell phones. My instruction book warns
against plugging in heavy loads such as cigarette lighters. Your tire
enflator may be pulling too many amps.
Do you still have ash trays etc. in new cars in Canada?

Are you using a key in your ignition with an eletronic chip in it?


On Sun, 08 Feb 2004 02:40:44 GMT, Randolph <trash@junkmail.com> wrote:

>Try turning the steering wheel one way or the other and see if that
>makes it possible to turn the key. Every so often the steering wheel
>will rest against the steering wheel lock so hard the key won't move.
>Did you replace a front or a rear tire?
>
>Compu-Z wrote:
>>
>> Here's a head scratcher that probably makes me sound stupid but none the
>> less still need help. Noticed a screw in the front tire so I changed the
>> tire. I went to turn the key so I can use my tire inflator (to plug into
>> the lighter plug) and the key won't turn. Just beeps like the key is in the
>> ignition and reminds you to take it out. Doesn't turn one way or another,
>> totally locked. Tried a spare key still no luck. FOB still works fine. I
>> have no idea what I did. Took off the old tire put on the spare. Did it
>> before and the car started. Lucky this time it is in my garage and not on
>> the side of the highway.
>>
>> Any suggestions would be appreciated. 2002 Civic Sedan LX (Canadian).


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Old 08 Feb 2004, 06:59 am
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Compu-Z wrote:
>
> Here's a head scratcher that probably makes me sound stupid but none the
> less still need help. Noticed a screw in the front tire so I changed the
> tire. I went to turn the key so I can use my tire inflator (to plug into
> the lighter plug) and the key won't turn. Just beeps like the key is in the
> ignition and reminds you to take it out. Doesn't turn one way or another,
> totally locked. Tried a spare key still no luck. FOB still works fine. I
> have no idea what I did. Took off the old tire put on the spare. Did it
> before and the car started. Lucky this time it is in my garage and not on
> the side of the highway.
>
> Any suggestions would be appreciated. 2002 Civic Sedan LX (Canadian).

the steering wheel was slightly turned and holding the key in.... i
happens all the time with the Lock Steering Wheels......
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Old 08 Feb 2004, 07:39 am
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jim wrote:
> Compu-Z wrote:
>>
>> Here's a head scratcher that probably makes me sound stupid but none
>> the less still need help. Noticed a screw in the front tire so I
>> changed the tire. I went to turn the key so I can use my tire
>> inflator (to plug into the lighter plug) and the key won't turn.
>> Just beeps like the key is in the ignition and reminds you to take
>> it out. Doesn't turn one way or another, totally locked. Tried a
>> spare key still no luck. FOB still works fine. I have no idea
>> what I did. Took off the old tire put on the spare. Did it before
>> and the car started. Lucky this time it is in my garage and not on
>> the side of the highway.
>>
>> Any suggestions would be appreciated. 2002 Civic Sedan LX
>> (Canadian).

> the steering wheel was slightly turned and holding the key in.... i
> happens all the time with the Lock Steering Wheels......


Try this--foot on brake, car in park, turn key and try jiggling the steering
wheel at the same time.
The lock up has absolutely nothing to do with a changed tire of course.
Mike


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Old 08 Feb 2004, 10:56 am
'Curly Q. Links'
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Compu-Z wrote:
>
> Here's a head scratcher that probably makes me sound stupid but none the
> less still need help. Noticed a screw in the front tire so I changed the
> tire. I went to turn the key so I can use my tire inflator (to plug into
> the lighter plug) and the key won't turn. Just beeps like the key is in the
> ignition and reminds you to take it out. Doesn't turn one way or another,
> totally locked. Tried a spare key still no luck. FOB still works fine. I
> have no idea what I did. Took off the old tire put on the spare. Did it
> before and the car started. Lucky this time it is in my garage and not on
> the side of the highway.
>
> Any suggestions would be appreciated. 2002 Civic Sedan LX (Canadian).


===============

The subject line of this post is slightly incorrect. It should say:
Changed tire, now key won't turn. If the key is binding, the steering
wheel needs to be turned hard, (with foot on brake) one way or the other
to release the locking mechanism. For better performance of all locks on
the Honda, I use LockEaze in the aerosol spray. It has graphite (messy)
in a suspension of solvents that wash the grunge out of the door locks
and ignition. One tiny can has lasted me several years and many
vehicles. :-)

'Curly'

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Old 08 Feb 2004, 07:59 pm
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Artfulcodger wrote:
>
> jim wrote:
> > Compu-Z wrote:
> >>
> >> Here's a head scratcher that probably makes me sound stupid but none
> >> the less still need help. Noticed a screw in the front tire so I
> >> changed the tire. I went to turn the key so I can use my tire
> >> inflator (to plug into the lighter plug) and the key won't turn.
> >> Just beeps like the key is in the ignition and reminds you to take
> >> it out. Doesn't turn one way or another, totally locked. Tried a
> >> spare key still no luck. FOB still works fine. I have no idea
> >> what I did. Took off the old tire put on the spare. Did it before
> >> and the car started. Lucky this time it is in my garage and not on
> >> the side of the highway.
> >>
> >> Any suggestions would be appreciated. 2002 Civic Sedan LX
> >> (Canadian).

> > the steering wheel was slightly turned and holding the key in.... i
> > happens all the time with the Lock Steering Wheels......

>
> Try this--foot on brake, car in park, turn key and try jiggling the steering
> wheel at the same time.
> The lock up has absolutely nothing to do with a changed tire of course.
> Mike

how about replying to the person who had the problem... that is what i
did and you posted to my reply... they may never get the message you
have posted to.....
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