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Old 09-06-2011, 06:24 AM
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truck thinks the key is still in when it is not

bought this '04 f250 superduty 6.0 powerstroke 4x4 and there were no problems at first, but now when i take the key out and try to lock the door from the drivers seat, the sound chimes and will not let me lock the driver door.

the ignition will not turn with the key out, but i did notice that the factory alarm has been disabled... anyone have any ideas or a wiring diagram that would help me figure out what is problem? thanks in advance
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Heres a bump for ya. I seem to remember reading someplace that the key grounds out a wire to work the chime and also indicate that the key is in the switch. Sounds like a bad switch or a pinched wire, does your chime work? Try some lube in the key slot.. Maybe someone that has first hand experience with this will chime in.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:04 PM
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like graphite or wd-40 type lube?
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or PB Blaster. It's a slim chance, but maybe there is something stuck
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mine has been doing this lately minus the chime... if i get out of my truck and lock the truck using the button on the door it unlocks itself (as if the key were still in it)... its really bad if i think im locking my door and it unlocks itself...

so kinda the same deal? any ideas
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:51 AM
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i get out of my truck and lock the truck using the button on the door it unlocks itself (as if the key were still in it)... its really bad if i think im locking my door and it unlocks itself...
exactly.

i'll get some lube today and give that slot a squirtin.

ha ha that sounded dirty
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That did sound pretty bad.. Let me know if it does anything...

Also I noticed today that with my door open and the keys in my the ignition it doesn't ding (like it should when the door is open) If I wiggle the whole ignition switch it starts to ding.. It's really weird
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:22 AM
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ya sprayed some liquid wrench in there. have worked it in and out and wiggled it and tapped on it, etc etc. still doing it. i may go to a dealer and see how much a new ignition is. i need a fob and the key code reset too.
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mine has been doing this lately minus the chime... if i get out of my truck and lock the truck using the button on the door it unlocks itself (as if the key were still in it)... its really bad if i think im locking my door and it unlocks itself...

so kinda the same deal? any ideas
There is a black ground wire that plugs into the back of the ignition tumbler inside the steering column. Pulling that loose is how you stop the door dinger from driving you insane when you have the door open with keys in the ignition. When I pulled mine, my driver's door acted EXACTLY the same. Locking from inside would result in the truck unlocking the driver's door approximately 1 second later. Based on your comment in your next post about wiggling the tumber I'm willing to bet that wire has come loose and is still in close proximity to it's connection. Wiggling the tumbler probably causes intermittent contact. Pull the lower shroud off of your column (3 screws I think?) and make sure that wire is connected securely. Here's a little more light reading for ya:

Disabling the Dinger
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There is a black ground wire that plugs into the back of the ignition tumbler inside the steering column. Pulling that loose is how you stop the door dinger from driving you insane when you have the door open with keys in the ignition. When I pulled mine, my driver's door acted EXACTLY the same. Locking from inside would result in the truck unlocking the driver's door approximately 1 second later. Based on your comment in your next post about wiggling the tumber I'm willing to bet that wire has come loose and is still in close proximity to it's connection. Wiggling the tumbler probably causes intermittent contact. Pull the lower shroud off of your column (3 screws I think?) and make sure that wire is connected securely. Here's a little more light reading for ya:

Disabling the Dinger
You know what... I think you're right because ever now and then my chime won't work when it should.. Thanks for the thoughts on the subject! I bet that's it too! I'll look.. When I'm working Around the truck and have the door open I just take a screw driver and use it to latch the door on so the truck thinks the door is closed..
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