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98 Toyota 4Runner ignition switch won't turn

Not a problem with the steering wheel being locked. Tried several other keys - this used to work.

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  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    key won't turn, tried three different keys, streeting wheel not locked-up

  • gdplace Mar 22, 2009

    a 1998 Toyota Four Runner w/ 133K and good cond. key will not turn pass unlocking steering wheel...tried three different keys....happened a couple of times before but now...won't turn to Acce...again, streeing wheel unlocks but no more

  • nsw1234 Mar 23, 2009

    Thanks for the info. The problem was the lock cylinder itself was worn out. To remove it on my '98 4Runner, I removed the four 10mm bolts in the lower panel underneath the steering wheel, and then popped out the small panel surrounding the ignition switch itself. Take off the little white ring that surrounds the keyhole light, and the other ring just slips off. Careful not to lose the little white locking tab if it falls out when you remove the rings. Leave that key light assembly connected. Put in the key, and turn it to "ACC". Look underneath the silver lock cylinder itself and find a small hole. Push a pen or other small object into the hole to release the cylinder from the switch. It pulls straight out. Reverse the steps to install your new lock cylinder. Piece of cake, but much easier if you order a new one and take a good look at it before you start!

  • Anonymous May 24, 2009

    i buy the igniticion swich but i dont know how yo change can u pz help me thank u

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Turn key toacc using pick release ign cyl start car w long pliers while having locksmith repair cyl

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Since it wont turn with any of the keys it sounds like the locks cylinder is damaged. I've heard that this happens sometimes to people who drive with large keyrings and heavy bangles dangling when the keys in the ignition. You could try taking the cover off from around the steering column and accessing the exposed ignition and tapping on the ignition switch with the handle of a screwdriver while you jiggle the key. You may need to replace the ignition switch assembly.

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Can't get key to acc

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SOURCE: ignition key won t turn. steering wheel locked

the key may be worn badly or the ignition needs to be replaced.

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Something wrong with your Ignition key barrel,
Ignition key barrel jam in place.
or
Could be your anti-Theft System failed (including, but not limited) fuses, wirings, etc. If you have one.
or
So check the fuse boxes (one in the cabin & the other in the engine compartment).
To see if there is any burned fuses.

See Fuse Boxes:
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See in the plastic cover, a plastic fuse puller ( use it to pull the fuses) once a time & check NOT burn.


If locked in place; do these steps:
1 - Juggle it several times in a very soft & slow burst.

2 - Juggle (Shake) the steering wheel RH & LH,
several times in a very gentle & slow.

3 – Try to remove the ignition switch

4 – Search the internet Google, www.about.com, www.youtube.com/video
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