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car problem - question

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my keys wont go all the way into the ignition. they go part of the way but dont go all the way in to start the car up. i've messed with the sttering column (just moved it up and down) but that didn't work. the steering wheel is locked in position. didn't seem to be a problem. maybe i've just never done that. what should i do to make it work?

 

thanks

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Goddamnit Jim, I'm a doctor, not an auto mechanic.

 

Have you pissed anyone off lately? Sounds like someone jammed something into your ignition.

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did your key get fucked up, bent, somehow, could be the pins in the ignition broke or something(thats real unlikely though) i say go to the dealer and get a new key....or you can hot wire it every day

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the key seems fine. it's just that it wont go in. i had a similar problem once in this car and it eventually went in. doesnt seem to be the case this time.

 

i had a 4 runner once that this happened with. a towtruck had to raise it up to offset something i think?

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lock cylinders break everyday. its nothing new. usually on domestic crap. (i hate to say it) working in a shop, i have seen about 4 people in the last 3 or so years that pumped gas and went to start their car back up and couldnt get a key in.

depending what make model and year you got it could be a big job or it could be 5 minutes to pop it out and put in another one. old fords and early 90's jeeps, 5 minutes tops. most cars now, a major job in the steering column. if you have air bags, tilt column etc... tack on more labor.

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to try to do a quick fix you can go to walmart or kmart, or auto parts store and get graphite lube. its in a little tube and puffs out graphite dust. its for lubing locks etc. might help, but from what it soundslike... you need a new cylinder

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do you have the right car?

 

interesting story...

one of my friends in college asked to borrow another friends car to drive to the closest big city. Dude goes out jumps in homeboys red RX7 and is gone all day in the thing. Comes back hours later, parks the car and gives the keys back to the friend. The friend asks him where he parked it and the guy replied that he put it in the exact same parking lot as before... North - East of the dorms. Dudes like... what? My car was parked in the South - West lot. Come to find out my friend took someone elses car. The keys just happened to fit a car that looked exactly the same as the other guys.

 

in reality...either theres something stuck in there or you need a new cylinder...and yeah...I've noticed.

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I had a car that didnt have an ignition. I used a screw driver to start the car and open the trunk. You should do that. Its much quicker than fumbling for keys.

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Originally posted by Glik0

turn your wheel to the left.

 

this actually is a good idea. unlock the wheel by turning it left and see if it starts that way.

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Originally posted by angelofdeath

lock cylinders break everyday. its nothing new. usually on domestic crap. (i hate to say it) working in a shop, i have seen about 4 people in the last 3 or so years

 

If they're breaking everyday and it's so common, how come you've only seen a few in a few years...Seems pretty rare to me?? :confused:

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first i never said it was common. just it happens every day. i also never said that thats all i have seen in the past few years. i said thats all the ones i saw on people getting gas not the ones that come to the shop.

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