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Old 01-12-2009, 2:11 PM   #1
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I have to Jiggle my key for 5 min for it to turn over, What's wrong with her?

Well yesterday in NJ my car was covered in a sheet of ice , so after i chiped the ice off enough to open the door I tried starting it and the key would not turn over. I checked to make sure the steering wheel was locked and it was in park and still nothing, so I jiggled and jiggled the key and steering whhel, and finally it turned over and started, Today the same thing, so I sprayed some wd40 in the ingnition and no help. It takes me like 5 min of jiggling everytime i want to start my car and my wrist is starting to hurt what can be wrong?
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My guess is that the key is worn and no longer stops in the key hole where it is supposed to. My Prelude does the same thing, you have to put the key in, then pull it back out about 1 mm and it is lined up properly. The other possibility is that you have ice in the keyhole. I would guess that isn't actually your problem because the WD40 would have taken care of it.
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Hopefully its just they key and not the ignition cuz I do have the 2nd key at home which was barely used , i will try that when I get home.
If it is the Ignition how much $$ you guys think it is to replace?
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maybe about $100 to recode the ignition cylinder
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Try that other key hopefully it should work. Sounds like the your key is worn down. But if its not that your probably screwed.
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Old 01-12-2009, 6:16 PM   #6
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Try that other key hopefully it should work. Sounds like the your key is worn down. But if its not that your probably screwed.
Does scewed mean like $200 of more like $1000?
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just spray some WD40 or similar lube on the key and insert that in the cylinder. Keep putting the key in the ignition and turning it over and taking it out.
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Old 01-13-2009, 8:18 AM   #8
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I did spray wd40 on the key and in the keyhole, and no luck.
I tried my second key and still no good but better, I have noticed that if the key is not in all the way it will start.
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ignition lock cylinder seems to be worn.
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could it be the chip reader
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ignition lock cylinder seems to be worn.
Agreed.

I don't believe the lock cylinders are that expensive. You can usually get a locksmith or maybe a really old guy at the dealer to match it to the key.
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Does scewed mean like $200 of more like $1000?
I'm going to say screwed as $200.
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Only the really old guy?


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Agreed.

I don't believe the lock cylinders are that expensive. You can usually get a locksmith or maybe a really old guy at the dealer to match it to the key.
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Only the really old guy?
Haha, I knew I would have to elaborate on that.

The OGs at the dealers usually know how to repin a cylinder, whereas the new kids will stare at you funny and wonder where the pins are.
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might want to get this fixed soon cause it might not turn at all one day...
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might want to get this fixed soon cause it might not turn at all one day...
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if u can get the lock cylinder out all the way.

Tear it apart until u have the pistons and the cylinder left. Then insert the key into it and see how they line up. If any of those pistons are poking out, pull it out and clean it up. If that still doesnt work, then insert the key again, and grind them until they're flush w/ cylinder.


I had to do that to my 89 supra. I only had one key and that was for the ignition, the doors used a different key. So I did all that and it worked pretty well.
I think I have pictures of it somewhere in my computer. If i find them, they'll be on here.
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Just buy a remote starter dude....done, problem solved.
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Just buy a remote starter dude....done, problem solved.
a remote starter and not add the brake pedal disengage? not safe.... -_-'' lol... and i think that costs more than replacing the ignition cylinder. but its an idea.
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Just buy a remote starter dude....done, problem solved.

Even if you do get a remote starter, dont you still have to insert the key and turn it, I know in GM cars when u engage the remote start you have to put the key in and turn it before u can drive off!

BTW my keys seem to be working fine now, It all started happening when me car had a sheet of ice on it and since i put it in the shop at work one day and it seems to work fine now, maybee it was just frozen up in there somewhere..
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Even if you do get a remote starter, dont you still have to insert the key and turn it, I know in GM cars when u engage the remote start you have to put the key in and turn it before u can drive off!

BTW my keys seem to be working fine now, It all started happening when me car had a sheet of ice on it and since i put it in the shop at work one day and it seems to work fine now, maybee it was just frozen up in there somewhere..
well u can make it so u dnt have to put the key in the ignition. which was the thing about not doing the brake pedal disengage. well now that its working, this thread is done lol. glad it worked for you without spending money
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