Ignition is jammed key wont move inside

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Old 16 Jan 2005, 10:41 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I have a 94 toyota camry. Everything was working fine untill today
afternoon. The key got stuck in the ignition and wouldn't move. I was
finally able to remove the key, however, the ignition would not turn at
all. I know the key is fine. I also tried using 2 spare keys and an
original Toyota camry key. No luck .
What sort of solution may I be looking at? Would I have to change the
ignition? Is it totally ruined? How much cost would I be looking at, if
I were to change the ignition?

Thanks,
Shashank

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Old 16 Jan 2005, 11:36 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 20:41:23 -0800, bhides@gmail.com wrote:

> Hi,
> I have a 94 toyota camry. Everything was working fine untill today
> afternoon. The key got stuck in the ignition and wouldn't move. I was
> finally able to remove the key, however, the ignition would not turn at
> all. I know the key is fine. I also tried using 2 spare keys and an
> original Toyota camry key. No luck .
> What sort of solution may I be looking at? Would I have to change the
> ignition? Is it totally ruined? How much cost would I be looking at, if
> I were to change the ignition?
>
> Thanks,
> Shashank


Sounds like one or two of the little tabs that are used for keying the
lock are worn. A locksmith can do this for ~$50, a new lock will be ~$100.
Call the locksmith!
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 12:10 am   #3 (permalink)
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On Mon, 17 Jan 2005 05:36:21 GMT, hachiroku <hachiroku@AE86.gts>
wrote:

>On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 20:41:23 -0800, bhides@gmail.com wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>> I have a 94 toyota camry. Everything was working fine untill today
>> afternoon. The key got stuck in the ignition and wouldn't move. I was
>> finally able to remove the key, however, the ignition would not turn at
>> all. I know the key is fine. I also tried using 2 spare keys and an
>> original Toyota camry key. No luck .
>> What sort of solution may I be looking at? Would I have to change the
>> ignition? Is it totally ruined? How much cost would I be looking at, if
>> I were to change the ignition?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Shashank

>
>Sounds like one or two of the little tabs that are used for keying the
>lock are worn. A locksmith can do this for ~$50, a new lock will be ~$100.
>Call the locksmith!


Before you do, I suggest using a bit of lubrication first. It's a
long-shot but worth a try. Don't use too much or it'll drip
everywhere. Don't use WD-40 as that is not lubrication.
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 01:10 am   #4 (permalink)
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Use some PB Blaster spray in the ignition, let it sit, try again. I had a
door lock that pretty much stopped working but a shot of this stuff made it
like new by the next day.

<bhides@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hi,
> I have a 94 toyota camry. Everything was working fine untill today
> afternoon. The key got stuck in the ignition and wouldn't move. I was
> finally able to remove the key, however, the ignition would not turn at
> all. I know the key is fine. I also tried using 2 spare keys and an
> original Toyota camry key. No luck .
> What sort of solution may I be looking at? Would I have to change the
> ignition? Is it totally ruined? How much cost would I be looking at, if
> I were to change the ignition?
>
> Thanks,
> Shashank
>



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Old 17 Jan 2005, 04:48 am   #5 (permalink)
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Try spraying some Silicon lubricant into the lock and move the key
gently. it fixed the same problem for me.

On Mon, 17 Jan 2005 05:36:21 GMT, hachiroku <hachiroku@AE86.gts>
wrote:

>On Sun, 16 Jan 2005 20:41:23 -0800, bhides@gmail.com wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>> I have a 94 toyota camry. Everything was working fine untill today
>> afternoon. The key got stuck in the ignition and wouldn't move. I

was
>> finally able to remove the key, however, the ignition would not

turn at
>> all. I know the key is fine. I also tried using 2 spare keys and an
>> original Toyota camry key. No luck .
>> What sort of solution may I be looking at? Would I have to change

the
>> ignition? Is it totally ruined? How much cost would I be looking

at, if
>> I were to change the ignition?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Shashank

>


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Old 17 Jan 2005, 04:50 am   #6 (permalink)
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I don't think the ignition is ruined. The ignition key is turning a
mechanical not electrical/electronic mechanism.
Another thing to try is graphite powder. Just squirt a little into the
keyway and put the key back in and out a few times. The graphite powder
doesn't gum up the works like WD40 or other lubricants.
Replacing the ignition key 'barrel' is not too big a job, but does involve
removing the shear bolts that retain the mechanism to the steering wheel
shaft. Not a big job but fiddly. Also you can keep the original keys as
a locksmith can key the barrel to your key.

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 08:13 am   #7 (permalink)
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bhides@gmail.com wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a 94 toyota camry. Everything was working fine untill today
> afternoon. The key got stuck in the ignition and wouldn't move. I was
> finally able to remove the key, however, the ignition would not turn
> at all. I know the key is fine. I also tried using 2 spare keys and an
> original Toyota camry key. No luck .
> What sort of solution may I be looking at? Would I have to change the
> ignition? Is it totally ruined? How much cost would I be looking at,
> if I were to change the ignition?
>
> Thanks,
> Shashank


Absolutely the best lock lube I've found is made by or for Ford. It's a lube
and penetrant combined, in an aerosol can, available at Ford dealers and not
too expensive. It is a good annual maintenance item, I use it in the fall
every year.
HTH, davidj92


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Old 17 Jan 2005, 09:39 am   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks,
I will try and use PB Blaster!! I should be able to get it at
Walmart/NAPA right?

Thanks,
Shashank

PS: Thank you all for your responses!! I will summarize.

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 09:40 am   #9 (permalink)
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Is there a common name for this lube? Would NAPA/Auto Zone/OReilly
carry it?

Thanks,
Shashank

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 10:34 am   #10 (permalink)
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<bhides@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Is there a common name for this lube? Would NAPA/Auto Zone/OReilly
> carry it?
>
> Thanks,
> Shashank
>


Not that I know of. It must be proprietary to Ford as that' the only place
I've found anything close. Works like magic on most stuck lock cylinder
pins, although some pins will get barbed or bent and the lube may not work.
davidj92


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