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Key in will not turn or release

Car unlocked OK. Put key in ignition, it will not turn or come out again. Battery in key is pretty new. Gear in Park. With foot on brake the gear lever will not move either.
Am thinking maybe the computer is not accepting code to turn key, but the key DID open the door. Any ideas?
At present I have a hair dryer heating it.
Here it is minus 18 degrees centigrade. The car has a block heater on it and trickle charger on it to stop battery freezing.
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I put a hair dryer on the key for 20 minutes, still in socket, it now works.
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That is strange - almost like the ignition switch was frozen...?
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You might want to spray some graphite powder in there.
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Car unlocked OK. Put key in ignition, it will not turn or come out again. Battery in key is pretty new. Gear in Park. With foot on brake the gear lever will not move either.
Am thinking maybe the computer is not accepting code to turn key, but the key DID open the door. Any ideas?
At present I have a hair dryer heating it.
Here it is minus 18 degrees centigrade. The car has a block heater on it and trickle charger on it to stop battery freezing.
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That is strange - almost like the ignition switch was frozen...?
I had this exact same thing happen about 4 years ago....the lock DID freeze and I just thawed it with alcohol and sprayed some superlube and have not had any problems since
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Ah how soon we forget the old Saab days. This was a problem for all those living in the colder areas. Answer move to a warmer place.... buy a lot of dry lock. Glad you were able to solve or dissolve the problem.
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Some mornings, my key has to be forced into the ignition. Kinda sad we're losing the central key with the 453...Thanks GM...
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