Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Following is a True Story...

Girl gets in pickup.
Girl is waaay too short and has to grapple with the steering wheel to get up into pickup.
Girl goes to start pickup.
Girl finds that steering wheel is locked...and the key won't turn, at all, in any direction.  At all.
Girl fights with key/starter, does the 'jiggle wheel' trick, flips key over to try other side, googles 'how to fix a locked steering wheel,' curses profusely, etc. for a good, oh, let's say 25 minutes.  
Girl calls husband "Honey?  I may or may not have broke your truck..."

Has this ever happened to anyone else?  Bueller?  Bueller??  This was the scene in the parking lot after work the other day.  I seriously thought I wasn't going to be able to make my 40 minute commute back to my home in the country and that devilishly attractive man I married.   

Before you start panicking about how much a new starter will cost, before you call your significant other in a panic about how you broke the truck and the wheel's locked, and lalalalala, before you start preparing to spend the night in your office....STOP and look at this picture!

Check out the edges of the key on the right.  See how worn it looks?  It's hard to tell here, but the two little bits on either side of the key toward the tip aren't even close to the same size, and the edges of the old key are totally a different, brassy color.  Turns out, it's possible for a key to be so worn out that it won't unlock the steering column or start the vehicle any more!  Who knew?!  Good news!  It's as easy a fix as calling the dealership (in our case, the local GMC dealer) with the vehicle's VIN.  They'll make you a shiny new key and get you back on the road. 

No spending the night at the office, woohoooo!! 

This random blurb of enlightenment was brought to you by someone who learned the hard way.  Spread the good news to others.

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