Key wouldn't go in ignition. Lubed with WD-40 still no good.
Had to replace ignition switch assembly. Now have to program keys to car. I was given a code to start the car so I can get it to the dealer for programming, but don't want to try it until I'm ready to go to the dealer. How many times will this code work?
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If the ignition switch is jammed, and you cannot free it by moving the steering wheel back and forth while trying the ignition switch, simply replace the ignition switch tumbler and lock assembly with a new one. Before going to the trouble of replacing the entire ignition switch, try squiring a moderate amount of WD-40 or other light penetrating oil into the ignition switch key hole, let it sit overnight, then try again the next morning. Often, that will clear the issue.
Had this happen to me. A can of wd 40 and paper towels, Dirt was the problem with the lock assembly. Squirt the wd 40 into the lock cylinder and insert the key, repeat until it works. ( this trick was from the dealer)
Here are the instructions from the factory manual. They must be followed exactly. 2004 ES330 1. Driver's door open, all other doors closed, key removed from ignition switch. Within 5 seconds: Insert and remove the key from the ignition switch twice.
2. Within 40 seconds: Close and open driver's door twice. Insert and remove the key from the ignition switch.
3. Within 40 seconds: Close and open driver's door twice. Insert the key into the ignition switch and close the driver's door.
4. Switch ignition ON and OFF: A. Once to program a key remote transmitter code whilst retaining the original codes. B. Twice to program a key remote transmitter code whilst erasing the original codes. C. Three times to check how many key remote transmitters are currently registered. D. Five times to erase all registered codes.
5. Remove key from ignition switch. System should now lock and unlock vehicle once, twice or five times depending which mode has been selected. One to four times, slowly, to indicate number of key remote transmitters registered.
6. Within 40 seconds: Press and hold LOCK and UNLOCK buttons simultaneously for 1.5 seconds. Within 3 seconds: Press any key remote transmitter button.
System should now lock and unlock vehicle once to confirm registration or twice to indicate registration has failed.
7. Within 40 seconds: To program additional remotes repeat step 60 now on each additional remote you want programmed. 8. To exit programming mode open driver's door or insert key into ignition. 9. Step out of car with remote(s) in hand and test remote(s).
NOTE: If system locks and unlocks vehicle twice, programming procedure has not been completed. Repeat programming procedure. Within 40 seconds: If required repeat button procedure to program remaining keys. NOTE: To exit programming mode: Close driver's door or insert ignition key. NOTE: A maximum of 4 keys can be programmed
Try spraying some kind of lubricant in the key hole (WD-40, etc.). Push the key in and out of the ignition switch several times to move the lubricant around. Then, while trying to turn the key, wiggle the steering wheel back and forth. You might have to wiggle pretty hard. If it still doesn't work, you may have to replace the ignition lock assembly.
the tumblers and or the key is worn out causing this problem you can try to spray some WD-40 into the lock assembly if tha doesnt work then check the key itself for worn teeth and replace the key if neccessary also you may have to just replace the ignition switch itself
The first thing to check is to carefully examine the ignition key. If it is worn down, or even slightly bent, get a new key cut. If you don't have a key in good shape to copy from, your Toyota dealer can cut one, if they know your VIN number. If your key looks good, the most likely suspect is your ignition lock cylinder. You can try lubing it with a little graphite lock lube, but no WD-40 or anything!
the key has magnet on it that may be weakening. It will have to be reprogrammed.
Insert the first valid key into the ignition switch and turn the
ignition switch ON for at least 3 seconds but no longer than 15
seconds. Turn the ignition switch OFF and remove the first key.
Insert the second valid key and turn the ignition switch ON
within 15 seconds. After ten seconds a chime will sound and the Theft
Alarm Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch OFF and
remove the second key.
Insert a new Key into the ignition switch and turn
the ignition switch ON within 60 seconds. After 10 seconds a single
chime will sound. The Theft Alarm Light will stop flashing, turn on for
3 seconds; then turn off. The new key has been programmed.
a good trick is to spray your key with WD-40 and rapidly insert and pull out about 20 times. do it 10 times and respray with WD-40 10 more times it has always worked for me. also if you have a key with a million different things hanging off of it take them ALL off. the extra weight will eventually wear out all of the tumblers in the ignition and you will have to replace it with a new one. happy motoring hope I could help!
I have had this same problem on 4 of my Jeeps. A locksmith provided me with two answers.
This key thing happens to me at least once a week.
It is a common problem with Jeeps. 1998 Wrangler, 2007 Cherokee and two 2000 Cherokees all had the issue.
1. Replace the tumbler assembly. $150. USD (Not!)
2. Place the key in the ignition, smartly impact the key on the **** end, end that is sticking out of the ignition. (Harder is not better) strike straight on as to not break the key off. 4 or 5 strikes should fix the problem every time.
FYI - flooding the switch with WD-40 will not fix the issue, it is a tumbler problem.