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Fletch_03

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Posted: 04/16/18 10:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm looking for some help regarding an ignition key for a 1997 Southwind. My dad recently passed away and all I can find is a door key to unlock the door. The only key that even fits into the ignition is a silver GM style key. Should I be looking for a GM style key? He has accumulated hundreds of keys over the years, so I'm just trying to narrow down my search.

Thank you in advance for any information that you can provide.

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Chassis will tell you what type of key you need.


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look at the VIN sticker, under the drivers window

if its GAS, then it is either GM or Ford

if its FORD, it will probably say FORD on the steering wheel
along with ford motor company on the VIN sticker

given that you didn't say anything about seeing 'FORD' anywhere

yes you are most likely looking for a Chevy key


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Sorry, I should have added that it's a Freightliner chassis.

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Freightliner chassis usually use a GM ignition switch and key. Likely one of the Chevy-style keys will fit.


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It may just be easier to put a new key into it using lock pics to push the cylinder into place? Is it a classic fit key with the small whole to change the cylinder? Often doing so is a 5 minute job.


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if you can find the ownership for it, (vin #) you maybe able to go to a dealership for that chassis, and have them cut a key from the vin # alone.

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Good luck no codes available for that year .Is it in dah or on the colum .
Let me know and I will give you the centriole what will happen.
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Fletch_03 wrote:

Sorry, I should have added that it's a Freightliner chassis.

Don't believe Fleetwood made a 1997 Southwind on a diesel Freightliner chassis.
It should be a gas chassis, which would have to be a Ford or Chevrolet.

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Fletch, I feel that you are over thinking this, if a GMC key fits, take all your dad's keys that look like the GMC key that fits the switch and try them. Probably faster and less hassle is to call a locksmith.

Often locksmiths can cut a key in under 60 seconds and the charge is about $50. If you have or your Dad had roadside service as part of his or your insurance, it won't cost anything.


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