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Old 18 Mar 2010, 08:44 am   #1 (permalink)
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I have 2000 camry CE 4 cylinder, this morning while turning on the key
it got stuck, could not take it out with littler jiggle. Looks like it
is stuck. I was getting late at work so drove another car but thought
someone had some solution.
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Old 18 Mar 2010, 12:23 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On 3/18/2010 3:44 AM, c_shah wrote:
> I have 2000 camry CE 4 cylinder, this morning while turning on the key
> it got stuck, could not take it out with littler jiggle. Looks like it
> is stuck. I was getting late at work so drove another car but thought
> someone had some solution.


I believe you have to push the key in while turning to get to the last
key release position. Good luck!
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Old 19 Mar 2010, 12:17 pm   #3 (permalink)
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No luck. Looks like to me that I have to change ignition cylinder.
couple of local shops are telling two to three hours of labor plus
$110 for cylinder itself.
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Old 19 Mar 2010, 01:09 pm   #4 (permalink)
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On 3/19/2010 7:17 AM, c_shah wrote:
> No luck. Looks like to me that I have to change ignition cylinder.
> couple of local shops are telling two to three hours of labor plus
> $110 for cylinder itself.


Sounds like a lot of dough. I changed the lock on my Ford Taurus using a
ignition cylinder I bought on eBay for $25. It was stupidly simple
enough to pop it out. I have not done it on a Camry but my understanding
is that after removing the steering housing, you set the key on the
accessory position and push a thin probe into the lock release hole -
the whole assembly should pull out. If you cannot move the key into the
accessory position, you'll have to drill the lock pin out or more
likely, call for the locksmith.

If you can get it out and disassemble the cylinder, my understanding is
that the 2 lock inserts that are split to increase the lock security
tend to be troublesome and the repair is to reassemble the cylinder
without them. This would be preferable to replacing the whole assembly
since you won't have to use a separate key for the ignition and doors
like I have to for my Ford. Whatever you do, good luck!

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Old 20 Mar 2010, 07:23 am   #5 (permalink)
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On Mar 18, 8:44*am, c_shah <shah.chi...@netzero.net> wrote:
> I have 2000 camry CE 4 cylinder, this morning while turning on the key
> it got stuck, could not take it out with littler jiggle. Looks like it
> is stuck. *I was getting late at work so drove another car but thought
> someone had some solution.


Disconnect the battery and get some spray Electronics or Brake cleaner
and spray it well and move the key around, all the dirt over the years
may have just stuck it up, do you have dirty keys often, mine are from
dirty pockets and working outside. Most cleaners are flamable, so let
it dry for a few hours before hooking back up the battery
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Old 20 Mar 2010, 07:41 pm   #6 (permalink)
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c_shah wrote:
> I have 2000 camry CE 4 cylinder, this morning while turning on the key
> it got stuck, could not take it out with littler jiggle. Looks like it
> is stuck. I was getting late at work so drove another car but thought
> someone had some solution.


Do you have an automatic transmission? If yes, then make sure that it is
in PARK, as otherwise an interlock switch may prevent the key from being
removed. The other thing that helps, sometimes, is to gently turn the
steering wheel left and right a few times, and try pulling on the key
with one hand while turning the steering wheel with the other hand.

Good luck.

Mort Linder
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