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Start key does not turn in cylinder, cannot start the car. Need instructions to take the cylinder out and replace it.

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  • azeewy Feb 08, 2010

    I was advised to turn the key to ACC in order to remove the cylinder. Unfortunately, the cylinder will not allow the key to turn to ACC.
    Please advise how to proceed.



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Since removing the cylinder without great force requires that the key can be turned tot eh accessory position, if u can do that follow these instructions, if u can't u will need to drill the cylinder out, i really suggest if that is what you need to do her that you have a locksmith do this job, here are the instructions if u can turn the key to the "ACC"
The instructions call for removing the access cover under the steering column (bottom of dash).Insert key, turn switch to ACC. You need to locate and depress a button on the outside of the lock assembly, that releases the key cylinder. The inner part of the lock should come out with the key in it. I am going to replace mine today so I may have an update. BTW the button that needs to be depressed appears to be on the bottom of lock.

Posted on Feb 08, 2010


1. Remove lower dash panel to expose cylinder. 2. Remove rubber ring around cylinder. 3. Place key into ignition and turn it to ACC. 4. Depress pin under cylinder shaft. 5. Remove (slide) cylinder from inner shaft. To re-install the new cylinder: 1. Insert key into new (or recoded) cylinder and turn to ACC. 2. Ensure inner components are aligned correctly. 3. Slide cylinder into inner shaft. If you don't place the rubber ring on correctly it will not seat.'97_Toyota_Corolla

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