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Ignition after disconnecting and reconnecting battery to reset check engine light, my ignition will not turn but slightly past lock possition. The steering will unlock but nothing more. I only have the valet key and wonder if the computer reset the ignition and I now need the factory chip key or what... I'm stranded out of town and need help asap with this problem.. thanks

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You are probably best to contact a toyota dealer as this could be related to the battery change and now car thinks its being stolen as you dont have key fob which sends random codes to the security system

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

  • preach319 Mar 31, 2014

    I contacted Toyota dealership this morning and the cut me a new metal key from the vin, and it worked.. The old key was well worn and made it's last turn I guess.

  • steve Apr 01, 2014

    i glad your all sorted and mobile again

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SOURCE: Ignition switch problem on 2002 Sequoia

If I'm reading the problem right, the key will will not turn in the ignition cylinder in the steering column, Right? Try to Turn the steering wheel to left & right while turning the key. Some times the steering wheel lock sticks. if that does not work, Possibly depress the brake pedal while turning key. After that, I'm out of ideas.

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It sounds like your ignition lock cylinder has a problem. These can be replaced and keyed to match you present key by a locksmith. Call a locksmith for a estimate.

Posted on May 18, 2009

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SOURCE: Key won't turn in ignition, 2001 Toyota 4Runner

I have the same problem. I put some graphite down the key hole and pushed it around in there and it loosened it up a bit to the point I could turn the ignition. If you have a replacement key, start using that. It should help as well.Teeth on old key may be wearing down. Lastly, I keep a screwdriver in the car to whack against key when it's in the ignition if it's stuck. A few taps on the key will always unlock the ignition.

Or, go but a new ignition and key set....

Posted on Jul 11, 2009

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SOURCE: The ignition on a 1990 Toyota Corolla is locked,

try turning the steering wheel a bit. it may be the steering has the steering lock in a bind.
if that dont work wiggle key sideways and in and out a little then have lock cyl replaced

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1997 Toyota Camry Key Wont turn, Ignition Lock problem -1997 toyota camry FIXED!!! I see a lot of Douches with a capital D trying to charge people to fix this extremely common issue with this Camry ignition cylinder. OK pull the plastic guard off encasing the steering column. Get a phillips head screwdriver and remove the 2 screws holding the little off-white connector at the rear of the module(it has the wires to the ignition running to it). Get a pair of pliers or a small crescent wrench and while trying to turn the key use the wrench to turn the little rod sticking out of the back of the module. Make sure your turning it WITH the direction the key is trying to turn it. It should immediate be freed. Voila IT WORKS! AND THATS WHY PEOPLE DONT TRUST MECHANICS! HOW CAN YOU CHARGE SOMEONE FOR THAT INFO?

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