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2000 Toyota Camry - car ignition seems to be jammed or keys worn - has a transponder key just won't turn Hi I have now had 2 ignition switches replaced within 2 years. Is it truly so easy that all I have to do is park with my wheels straight? Is this a known reoccurring problem with the Camry 2000?

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  • camrysue Jan 06, 2009

    I have never had a lot of keys on my key ring but after the first ignition switch replacement I now have the bare minimum. I'll remember about the wd-40

  • camrysue Jan 09, 2009

    Actually you didn't answer my questions. It is hard though to check on something that I have already had fixed. Do you think this will happen again and what (besides a lot of keys) could cause this problem to happen to my Toyota Camry twice within 2 yrs?


  • Anonymous Jan 16, 2009

    I have a 2000 Camry XLE, used the same key for the most of the time, then it just wound not turn occasionally, got worse, did not want to break the ignition so I switched to my other original key. A few weeks ago decided to have a spare key made ($3.50), not a transponder, will not start the car but if I lock the keys in I can open the door. Well...about a week after that fell in snow, keys dropped out of my pocket, snow plow wrecked the key, still kind of works but no well...same thing, will not turn very well. I am using my spare key with no transponder and place the original head next to it to start the car. I have ordered another transponder key through ebay (about $15), cut at local hardware store ($3.00). Now I have to program it into the car. Beware from what I read...if you don't have an original key that works then you probably have to go through an expect locksmith or dealer to program new key and it's a lot more expensive. In the future I will always have a spare key that works.

    What I am wondering this a problem with the key (I think so) or the ignition?



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Very Very Common Do You Have A lot Of Keys On Your Key Ring? Excess Weight Will Cause Premature Ignition Wear. Try Spraying wd-40 On The Key And Inserting Over And Over Then Spray Again It Could Help Your Problem.

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    Michael Fisher Jan 06, 2009

    Please Google Rca Remote images And Try To Find A Picture Of It.
    Otherwise No Help Can Be Given. Sorry

  • Michael Fisher
    Michael Fisher Jan 06, 2009

    That Was Irrelevant Sorry

  • Michael Fisher
    Michael Fisher Jan 09, 2009

    Its A Faulty Part And It Happens Over And Over Im Sorry.
    Please Try Finding An After Market Ignition From Autozone
    Do Not Buy Dealer.



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