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Old 12-23-2006, 07:22 AM
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Last Friday night my dad ran out to pick up some pizza for my younger brother's birthday party in my parents' 2003 Chrysler Town and Country minivan. About fifteen minutes later he called mom and tells her that he has locked the keys in the van and he needs her to bring the extra set of keys to him. No big deal, right? Well, mom quickly finds that BOTH sets of the van keys are still at the house. Now everyone is feeling a bit confused... Mom drives a set of keys out to dad in the 2004 Chevy Suburban and soon both of them were home with the pizza. After eating we set out to figure out what could have happened--was there a third set of van keys that they had forgotten about? Had he somehow been able to use the remote start on the van and then drive it without any keys in the ignition? Nope. The answer is this--the 2004 Suburban key on dad's keyring slid right into the 2003 C & T ignition and started the van with no issues. We were dumbstruck. The van has under 70,000 miles and the Suburban less than 30,000--doesn't seem like enough wear and tear to allow for such a thing. The keys do look pretty similar, but not so similar that you would think that they were interchangeable. My '06 Ford Focus key looks vaguely similar; I'm going to give it a try the next time I stop by my parents' house. We're also going to try the Suburban keys in the C & T door locks. More to follow!

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Old 12-23-2006, 07:41 AM
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My ex mother in law went to the parkhouse, unlocked the car door got in and,
didīnt recognise the dash.
It was exactly the same car except it was a higher model and had sport instrumentation. Hers was parked further over.
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Old 12-23-2006, 10:15 AM
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All the keys are probably made in China.....................
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Old 12-23-2006, 10:21 AM
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My dad had a 72 mach 1 mustang and I had a 69 Mustang.

We found that the ignition keys would work either car, and both were factory keyed cylinders.

My friend has a kubota tractor and his ignition key fits my shovelhead harley.

More evidence that everything comes from china.

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Old 12-23-2006, 10:53 AM
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More evidence that everything comes from china.
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Thatīs why all chinamen look alike to us.
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Related to lost keys, have you heard that you can remotely open car doors with your key fob signal over your cellphone? Don't know how it works, but it does work. Bill
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Old 12-23-2006, 03:08 PM
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Hi the key to my cessna 172 will unlock any cessna airplane and also start the plane. ive won a lot of bets with this key (usually flying time) im boatbob2
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:21 PM
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Speaking of keys....

Yesterday evening, my mom calls and says that she is waiting for AAA to come tow her car ('98 Crown Victoria) because it won't start and she is stranded at the mall. The car turns over but won't fire.

Today the garage calls her and tells her to come get her car, but to make sure she brings the extra key provided by the dealer. Well, we get there and the mechanic puts the extra key in the ignition and she fires right off! VOODOO! I yell. As it turns out, the micro chip in the plastic portion of her original key had fallen out and the on-board computer didn't recognize it as the correct key. Well, we had a nice laugh.... until they handed us a $160 bill for 2 hours spent checking out the car.

I hate computers in cars.
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:47 PM
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There are only so many key combinations so repeats are not that uncommon. At one time it was only something like 10 variations for GM. When I had my '67 GTO the ignition key from my friend's Dad's '68 GMC grain truck key would start it. My folks had a '68 Torino Squire wagon and a '72 Galaxie 4 Dr. they had the same ignition key coding and the wagon door key would unlock the Galaxie but not vice versa.
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Old 12-24-2006, 03:57 AM
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Update--we were unable to make the Focus key work in the van, and the Suburban key only works in the ignition--it will not open the door locks. In the ignition the Suburban key only works one way, also; if it is inserted one way it will not start the van. Flip it over and the van fires right up. Pretty crazy stuff. It doesn't surprise me too much that people have seen keys from like brands start other cars, but seeing a Chevy key start a Chrysler has been a treat. Thanks for all of the replies.
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Old 12-24-2006, 12:18 PM
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My dad used to have some late 50's-early 60's car key that he could start his sister's '60 Sunliner, and then remove the key with it running. Kind of a brotherly thing to do since her key wouldn't go in to shut it off....


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Makes me think of the mystery of the remote control to the TV in the bedroom. One day it just disappeared. Turned the place upside down looking for it. Figured I would find it one day if we ever moved.

Well here we are a few years later and we moved last summer. Still the remote control was nowhere to be found. Almost got me believing it slipped into the twilight zone or a parallel universe. Got me even more believing it slipped into the garbage can.
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Old 12-24-2006, 05:27 PM
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Nearly any key will start my Blazer. It makes me nervous during the summers because with the top off there is no way to lock it and it's incredibly easy for somebody to hop in and drive away.
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Old 12-24-2006, 07:19 PM
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Hmmmm..... I'm thinking about the key to my T-Bucket now. It is a small little generic thing that came with the generic ignition switch I'm using. Bet there are not that many key combinations in use on those. Now I'm thinking I have to install a hidden kill switch so as to slow down someone a little who wants to try their key in my switch. I've already got a battery kill switch which is out of site but a little looking around would find it. 'Course, I guess if someone really wants it bad enough, they'll just pick it up or shove it on to a trailer as light as these cars are.
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