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1997 toyota camry ignition key will not turn to acc to remove

Trying to remove the ignition switch that has jammed. the key will not turn to acc to remove the pin. tried Graphite and every thing I can think of.

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Your ignition lock on a toyota has spilt wafers inside the lock the parts that read the key and the sides of these wear down, if you can obtain a blank key this could help to realign lock wafers and help you to turn lock, oil lock barrel and slide blank key in and out you may feel it come right, then try your original key, fingers crossed hope this helps , but id say if you get it turn lock may need to service lock so does not catch you out at a later date

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Oohh, a catch 22 problem. I had success once by asking a locksmith to cut a key with a little extra metal on the profile, just a bit. I then wiggled and jiggled the key while trying to turn it, and it reluctantly went to ACC. I then ripped out the lock cylinder quick as I could.

You may have to call in an auto locksmith, who will have a skelton key, a master.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

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SOURCE: How to remove ignition cylinder from Toyota Camry 1993

Here are step-by-step instructions for the removal and re-installation of your ignition cylinder on your Toyota. Hope this sheds some light on the subject and solves your problem. Have a great day!




  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. If equipped with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds before working on the vehicle.
CAUTIONSome models covered by this guidemay be equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS, as described in .
  1. Remove the lower steering column cover. Unfasten the ignition switch connector under the instrument panel.
  2. Remove the screws which secure the upper and lower halves of the steering column cover.
  3. Turn the lock cylinder to the ACC position with the ignition key.
  4. Push the lock cylinder stop in with a small, round object (cotter pin, punch, etc.).
On some vehicles, it may be necessary to remove the steering wheel and combination switch first.
  1. Withdraw the lock cylinder from the lock housing while depressing the stop tab.
  2. To remove the ignition switch, unfasten its securing screws and withdraw the switch from the lock housing.
To install:
  1. Align the locking cam with the hole in the ignition switch and insert the switch into the lock housing.
  2. Secure the switch with its screw(s).
  3. Make sure both the lock cylinder and column lock are in the ACC position. Slide the cylinder into the lock housing until the stop tab engages the hole in the lock.
  4. Install the steering column covers.
  5. Connect the ignition switch wiring.
  6. Connect the negative battery cable.

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SOURCE: 1998 Toyota 4Runner ignition switch trouble, 140k miles

Your tumblers are probably worn to the point were your only soluation is to replace the ignition switch

Posted on Nov 27, 2008

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There is a pin that you have to push in on the bottom of the lock cylinder housing.It is recessed in a hole.You have to turn the key to acc or on to get it to push in.Once you push it in you can pull the key and lock cylinder out.

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

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SOURCE: ignition switch or ignition cylinder??

Ignition Switch They Are Always Going Bad Your Lucky You Can Get It Acc Mode Mine Wouldn't Turn At All. I Went After Market Through A Much Cheaper Version From Autozone But Now I Have One Key For The Door And Another For The Ignition.

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SOURCE: Key will not turn ignition switch.

try sanding down the key alittle - saved me a fortune on my 96 civic

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