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Cannot turn ignition switch past acc position

I have a 2003 toyota tacom truck. A problem arose a few days ago where I can't turn the key past the acc position. Jiggling the steering wheel would usually solve this problem in the past. Now it is not working. Is there a release for the ignition switch? Is there a simple solution to this problem without taking the vehicle to the dealer?

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Sir,

Maybe try lubricating the lock cylinder with something like Lock Ease or other graphite lubricant. try neutral safety switch .....

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Cannot turn ignition switch past acc position - 8b4d209.jpgIf you aren't able to get the key out you have to take steering wheel out and a lot of other stuff and if you are not mechanically inclined it would be best to have it done.
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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

To my understanding, the principle and basic design of all ignition switches are nearly identical. The switch is actually 2 devices controlled by a single key. The 1st is as an electrical switch while the 2nd is as a mechanical lock. The problem you described sounds to be a mechanical issue. With this in mind, a couple of ideas you can try/explore/consider:

  • spray the inside through the key slot with WD40;
  • if you have an automatic transmission, pls ensure that it is in the Park position. Try moving the shift through the gears and back into Park/Neutral;
  • try again the slightly turning the steering wheel as you described "jiggling";
  • inspect your key for any sign of wear or rounded points;
  • use the spare;
  • worst case scenario is replacement of the entire assembly.
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Posted on Dec 22, 2008

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Hello lesterdaggs

The ignition lock cylinder should be replaced since the key will not turn the ignition past the ACC position. You can do this yourself if you want but first you need to order the part which can be done through the dealer.

let me know of any questions that you have along the way.

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Posted on Dec 22, 2008

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