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The ignition locks up and i cant turn the key to start the car

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Mine does the same thing, and i have learned to lift the key up while starting the car, seems to work for now anyways

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The lock tumbler pins may be sticking, buy some powdered Graphite lock cylinder lube from a hardware store, use only this special dry lube, any other type of oil based lube will ruin the ignition lock, spray the powdered graphite into the lock cylinder and insert the key and try to work the lock, do this several times and spray the powder in at least twice, if this doesn't free up the lock cylinder then you will need to have the ignition lock cylinder replaced.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

  • haydnj357 Jul 07, 2011

    you can also try tapping the face of the ignition with a hammer because sometimes it frees up the springs in the tumblers so you can turn the key.

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SOURCE: 1996 Nissan 200SX Manual. Ignition Lock Assembly

You have solved your own problem. I have replace many of these units. It is much simpler to carry and extra key than to screw arround with the old lock assembly. Keys and tumblers ware out like everything else. Let me know if I can help[

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SOURCE: Ignition key will not turn. Steering wheel is

find a nissan dealer and buy a new lock cylinder, have them set the tumblers for you then find a video of someone installing one over on youtube.com and put it in. a dealer can put one in for you for less than a hundred bucks, but having them set the tumblers to match your original keys is extra.

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