Ok here I am stressed to the gills....started a new job and now my car acts up...welll the key has been loosey goosey since I bought it 2nd hand (yes i know big no no) but when you are supporting a son and going to school times are tough...single parent hood. So I put the key in start it then turn it off becuase i forgot my purse (so I take the key out becuase really I dont even need it to keep the car running) and decide what the hell I will just turn it off an run in quickly. So iproceed to do this and then come back outside to start the car and its DEAD...hmmm well the battery is new and I thought maybe i left something on...however i get a boost and wow even before the boost starts the lights flicker on and the inside light come on...so hmmm...what the hell is the problemo...so i guess the key area thingy is messed and now i wonder how much it will cost me. Soemone help me (if I can get the problem diagnosed then perhaps i can save one costly step of getting it computer checked which cost alot of money and i dont have it!)
Thank you, so veery much.
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Re: Car is messed
The problem is your ignition switch. They are fairly easy to replace if you just take the time and have the tools. It is two screws and some wires will need to be removed from the console but they are all already marked for you in color code. You can pick one up at auto zone or Kragen
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My car, an '02 330 CI had a dead battery that didn't act like a dead battery. Will your car start with jumper cables on it? I bought a new key at the dealer for $204. They had to program it there to make it work. I know you can't move your car to get it there though. Good Luck.
Hook up your battery charger, turn the key to the on position for like an hour or two to relearn the key. I have seen this take up to three or four hours (hence the need for a battery charger) if still doesn't work check the purple wire from the ignition switch (prob should check this first) it's the key transponder wire, may have gotten damaged by the a-hole who tried to thieve your car! If these things are ok and the key wont program you'll have to get a new key made (locksmith cheaper than dealer usually)
Some locksmiths have the machinery to do this but you will have to shop around for them. The problem is that the new key has to be programmed to the immobiliser in the car so the dealer wants the car and the new key to complete the job.. When you consider that to have the job done on a lot of cars the job costs $25.00 for the key .$25.00 to have the key cut and $450 + to have it programmed I consider $200.00 to be reasonable
The ignition key contains a coded transponder chip which is read via an antenna around or close to the ignition/steering lock and the code in the key must match the code in the car's immobiliser memory in order to start the car.
As the key came from a different car it will need recoding. Sometimes the chip is moulded in plastic and sometimes it is possible to take the key apart - in that case you should be able to fit the chip (like a grain of rice) to your new key.
If you are lucky placing the original key close to the new key while trying to start might just make it work.
Well, it is easy to test the struts. 1st look for oil deposits around the strut tower. 2nd push on the vehicle's bumper or hood, down with your weight. See how many times the vehicle bounces. It shouldn't bounce more than 1 1/2 times anything more than that might need replaced. As for the gear box...I think you got that right...needs replaced.
No this is NOT Normal, The Tumblers in the Lock Are Wore Out and , My Advise Is for you to Replace the Ignition Lock Cylinder ASAP as it is Possible for it to STOP WORKING all Together thus Leaving you Possibly Stranded Somewhere.
Ignition Lock Cylinder
Part OEM Part# Price (DEALER) Ignition Switch Lock Cylinder Skill LevelIgnition Switch Lock Cylinder