ElizabethH

Key Won't Turn In Ignition...

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If you have the original key code for the vehicle, and you can get the key to turn to the acc position, you can replace the cylinder yourself without too much trouble. By having the original key code, you can get a new cylinder that will work with your existing key, so you don't end up with a new key for the ignition and the original key for the doors. You have to remove some of the the plastic trim from the steering column until you can see a slot in the top of the ignition cylinder housing. With the key turned to the ACC position, use a small screwdriver to press down into that slot, then pull the cylinder out from the housing. Put the new cylinder in and replace the plastic and you should be good to go without using a locksmith.

In my daughters case, the key wouldn't turn at all, so a locksmith came and used lockpicks to get the cylinder to turn enough to pull it out.

Inside the cylinder are brass pins that are cut to different lengths. They all need to line up perfectly in order to turn the cylinder. When they, or your key, get worn, they don't line up right anymore and the cylinder will not turn. Using lockpicks, a locksmith can line them up without a key.

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I was on this forum reading it because I was frustrated that my car wouldn't start then I went on pure instinct and put the key in and DIDNT turn it. While it was in there i began jiggling the steering wheel and then i turned it to the right until i heard a click. At first i thought i broke it but i turned the key and it worked. I hope people who see this can fix their cars and that this will work for them

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This problem just started for me and at times my wheels have been perfect and it still locked. Did you find that getting the cylinder replaced is the solution? It happens maybe every month or so

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Typically, there is no need to do anything other than squirt some powdered graphite (available at many auto parts stores) into the key slot. Work your key in and out a few times and that's it! Our key/cylinder hasn't given us any problems for 5 years now (since I injected the graphite). By the way, the powdered graphite works great for mail key and house door lock cylinders, also.

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