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Re: Key Problem on 87 Celica GT C onvertible
It would be rare to have the key code printed on the lock assembly on a Toyota. Some domestics provide this, but not Toyota. Best thing to do: Remove the door lock cylinder assembly from the door. Take it to a professional locksmith. Using his skills, he can "decode" the internals of your lock, and duplicate you a new key.
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Check with your local BMW dealer. If there is supposed to be more than one key for your vehicle, they can not only tell you, but they can also cut a new key by looking up your key codes using the VIN on your car. If there is supposed to be only one key for your vehicle, they can assist you in getting any malfunctioning key cylinders repaired or replaced.
Worn lock cylinders hanging up are common in all GM's. Sometimes (if you're lucky) you can get it to work by having a new key cut at the dealer using the key code for your car. This way, you have only a worn cylinder and not a worn key and cylinder. This does not allways work, but it is worth the gamble. If a new key does not make it work, you will have to replace the lock cylinder. GM ( or AC Delco) lock cylinder kits come with an assortment of tumblers so they can be coded to fit your new key, so the new key idea is not a waste of money and effort.
if the key turns the trunk lock then inside the trunk one or both rods could have jarred loose from the key lock. this is not likely due to the button still opens it. If it does not turn try squirting a break free lube into the key lock and wait for 10 minutes or so. put the key in and out 10 times or so to break the tumblers free then try to turn. as far as it falling back down sounds like the shocks for the trunk lid are worn out. you can probably order new ones at a local auto parts store
If your key is worn try getting a new one cut. The ignition lock cylinder and keys do not contain any
coded electronic components. The lock cylinder housing contains the coded
electronic components. Changing an ignition lock cylinder or replacing a key
is a purely mechanical process which does not affect the vehicle theft deterrent
system. To replace an existing key, simply cut a new key to match the existing
one. If no keys are available, the lock cylinder must be changed.
To change the lock cylinder, simply replace the existing lock cylinder with
one of the same type. If you are unable to operate the ignition cylinder with a new key then you will probably need to replace the cylinder and switch.Replacement of the switch involves reprogramming The system may be programmed with or without a scan tool. There is a way to get the cylinder out without replacing the switch but this procedure should be performed by a qualified GM technician as it involves removal of the switch and some precise drilling.
Sounds like your key is worn out. The sharp cuts on the head of the key wear out over time causing the ignition to lose "grip" on the key allowing it to be pulled from the ignition. Try using a new spare key or have a new key made. If the key is coded you may need to have the dealer cut and program a new key for you.
the problem you are going to have is finding a dealer that still has the key code info for that car.. you may have to remove the other lock cyl and take it to a lock smith to get the key code for it that way... the other alternative thing is to replace all the lock cyl's that used that key..