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The key wont turn. - 1998 Toyota 4Runner

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  • krash63 Mar 01, 2009

    the master key was worn down and won't turn the ignition - tried using a spare key it won't turn also. please help

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Hello I had a problem like that before I put it into park but it wasn't all the way in once I wiggled it, the key turned. Not sure if it's the same problem but it won't hurt to try. Hope it starts!!!!!

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Thanks for the info. I had the same problem with my mine. The problem was the lock cylinder itself was worn out. To remove it on my '98 4Runner, I removed the four 10mm bolts in the lower panel underneath the steering wheel, and then popped out the small panel surrounding the ignition switch itself. Take off the little white ring that surrounds the keyhole light, and the other ring just slips off. Careful not to lose the little white locking tab if it falls out when you remove the rings. Leave that key light assembly connected. Put in the key, and turn it to "ACC". Look underneath the silver lock cylinder itself and find a small hole. Push a pen or other small object into the hole to release the cylinder from the switch. It pulls straight out. Reverse the steps to install your new lock cylinder. Piece of cake, but much easier if you order a new one and take a good look at it before you start!

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