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I have a 1994 Toyota pickup suddenly Friday the ignition key would not turn. Not wanting to break the key off I jiggled worked the wheel back and forth the transmission lever nothing seemed to help. I squirted some WD-40 back into the cylinder and left it for a day or so. Anyway eventually I got it to work backwards and forth but it has a rough spot in about a half a turn of the switch feels like it's hitting a bur or something rough inside. The truck still starts and runs fine but I'm leery driving it to work now for afraid I'll wind up stuck in the parking lot. Just wondering if anyone has run across the problem I got a feeling it's something has got out of alignment or needs lubricating badly. Funny it worked as smooth as a whistle then all the sudden this happen. Appreciate any help.

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  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    same thng. now i need a new one.



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Hi. sounds like your ignition lock is stickey not retracting all the way thus meeting partially with the ''hole'' its supposed to lock in, in the steering coulomb. i suggest you remove ,properly clean and inspect the lock for problem areas, kindly lubricate the involved bits and test, if all fails replace the ignition lock.

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