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How to dissassemble the ignition lock on a 97 lexus so i can remove the broken split wafers

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What are wafers,End why are they spilt,? Tell the kids not to eat wafers in the car.LOL:

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Is there any way to open driver door that is locked?

Other than getting a locksmith, you may have to remove the door panel and take the lock out from the inside. Then replace it or remove the broken key.
Hope this helps.

Feb 18, 2015 | 1997 Lexus LS 400

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1997 toyota camry ignition key will not turn to acc to remove

Oohh, a catch 22 problem. I had success once by asking a locksmith to cut a key with a little extra metal on the profile, just a bit. I then wiggled and jiggled the key while trying to turn it, and it reluctantly went to ACC. I then ripped out the lock cylinder quick as I could.

You may have to call in an auto locksmith, who will have a skelton key, a master.

Mar 23, 2014 | 1997 Toyota Camry

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The key wont turn

Very common problem. In 92 -02 toyota used split wafers (tumblers) in every lock on the car. It only had 2 splits out of the 8 that was in it. But over time as the key and wafers wore down they splits would become sort of crossed up. Those wafers need to be removed from the lock. The has to be turned before removal or the the retainer on the bottom of the lock housing will need to be cut out. there is one roll pin and 2 little crimpped areas that hold the face cap on the lock and 1 snap ring on the back. after removal of the lock and the things that hold it together you can put your key in it and slide lock plug out of the housing. you will then be able to see the split wafer and pull them out along with the springs under them. besure to hold all the wafers in place because they will fall out and if you do not know where they went you have another problem. i think the splits are in the number 3 and 7 possition. this will eventually happen to all the locks.

Apr 04, 2013 | 1992 Toyota Camry V6

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How can I turn my car when my key is worn down

The most common problem with toyotas from about 1992 till 2001 is the split wafers that they used in the locks. If you can get the lock to the accessory possition there is a retainer on the bottom side of the lock houseing to remove the lock. It is not real to take the lock apart and remove the 2 sets of spit wafers Then you will never have this problem again.

May 16, 2012 | 1994 Toyota Camry

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I can't seem to get the key out of the ignition of my 1993 4x4 automatic Jeep Grand Cherokee when I'm in Park. What is the problem? I jiggle the steering wheel, turn the key and put it in drive and...

sounds like a wafer inside the lock has failed,broke or jammed and is not letting the key out.
one thing that you can try is to spray down the side of the key some silicone/teflon based lubrication ( using the small red spray tube that comes with the lube can ) and see if it will free up the wafer inside the lock,, but if this does not free it up then the lock will need to be removed and rebuilt by a automotive locksmith. OR you can remove the old ignition switch and install a new one.


Feb 04, 2011 | 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Key won't turn in the ignition.

if the key will not turn in the ignition switch then there is a chance that one of the wafers inside the cylinder has split or jammed and is not reading the key proper. ( this is very common with the new Ford ignitions ) --- the best way to fix this issue is to have a automotive locksmith come out and repair the lock, they will remove the troubled wafers ( #1+#2 ).
now before you call the locksmith you can ' TRY ' to spray a small amount of silicone or teflon based lubrication into the lock and put the key in and out a few times and try to get it to release,, ( NOTE: do not spray to much into the lock -- you are not trying to flood it,, just spray a little bit into the very begining of the cylinder and let the lube run down and thru the lock ).


Jan 24, 2011 | 2006 Ford Fusion

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Cant turn key in ignition

if the key will not turn in the ignition then there are a few things that could be the problem --
1. the cuts on the key are worn down and no longer raise the wafers in the lock itself to the right height to enable the lock to turn. -- if this is the case, stop by your local locksmith shop and have them read the key and try and cut you a factory key.
2. one of the wafers inside the lock has split or jammed -- if it is a jammed wafer you can try and squirt a small amount of teflon or silicone based lubrication into the key hole and cycle the key in and out a few times and this might free it up ( NOTE: only use a small amount of lube -- you are not trying to drown out the lock ).///// if it is a split wafer inside the lock then the lock will need to be removed and rebuilt or just replaced all together.
3. it could also be a jammed ignition gear -- if this has happened, you can try and wiggle and turn the steering wheel back and forth to try and un-jam it and then try and use your key -- also try to turn the key at the same time as you turn the wheel back and forth,, this might free it up.
4. try a different key ( one that might be newer / less used ) -- this again might line things up to the proper position.
if none of these tricks work then you will need to call a automotive locksmith and have them come out to the vehicle to repair the ignition lock.
lots of times when this kinda of thing happens - it is caused by having a lot of keys on your key ring and the weight of the keys and the constant moving back and forth while driving puts stress on the key and parts inside the lock,,, ( suggestion for the future would be to just have the key and the key fob on your car keychain ) ( have your work,home and other keys on a different ring from your car key ).
I hope this helps, as a locksmith for 18 years I have seen this problem several times a week. if you need anymore help - feel free to ask me and I will do my best to walk you through the steps.


Jan 06, 2011 | 2005 Honda Odyssey

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My ignition is stuck, it wont turn at all with key n ignition.

this is a very common problem with the Saab ignition / key.
look at your key and see if it is worn down and smooth,, if the key looks worn then take the key to a automotive locksmith ( locksmith ONLY ) and have them read the key and see if they can cut you a new key to factory spec's. if the key looks pretty good then there is a chance that the ignition switch has a bad spring/stuck wafer inside - try and drip a small amount of ( Teflon based or silicone based ) lubrication down inside the lock and cycle the key in and out a few times and then drip a few more drops of lube inside and then cycle key in and out again,, then try and turn. ( do not use to much lube -- you are not trying to drown the ignition out,, a small amount goes a long way ).
also while you have the lube out -- spray some in all the door and truck locks to make sure they stay functioning well into the future.
if you happen to have a spare key that might have cleaner cuts on it -- use that one to test the ignition,, also try and flip the key back and forth as you try to get the ignition to turn.
if this does not free it up then there is a chance that one of the wafers is split and the ignition switch will need to be rebuilt or just replaced,, a automotive locksmith will be able to do this way cheaper than the dealer.


Jan 02, 2011 | 1995 Saab 900

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2007 passat. key stuck in ignition

the problem with the VW ignition these days is the wafers inside the ignition switch are prone to splitting and spring failure,, this causes the waffers to jam/lock against the key. sometimes it's just a sticky wafer that is binding on the key. you can try and squirt a little lube down the ignition along side the key and wiggle the key up and down and kinda side to side and see if this frees it up ( NOTE : do not use a lot of lube -- just a little bit,, you are not trying to drown the switch ). also try and use the handle end of a screw driver and give the key a slight tap on the head,, this may snap the wafer back into place. if none of these ideas work - your best bet is to take the car to your local automotive locksmith and they will be able to pop the switch out and re-build the ignition switch ( internally ) -- they may also just remove the troubled wafer(s) that are causing the binding --- this will depend on the cuts of your key ( high and low cuts right next to eachother ).
( again --- do not use a lot of lube and I would recommend using a Teflon* based lube such as Tri-flow* or LPS* ).


Jan 02, 2011 | 2007 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

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Something is broken inside ignition switch housing.

The ignition crank shaft is broken inside the Steering Column Lock Assy. You will need to buy a new assy (cost appr. $202.21) and 2 steering lock bolts (cost appr. $4.96 ea) at a Toyota or Lexus dealer. Call either dealer for best price and availability. To replace you'll need to remove the black snap-on panel below speedometer then remove the screws securing the driver side dash. Behind the dash is a steel plate. Remove that and remove the steering column covers by turning the steering wheel to access the screws. You'll see that the SCLA is secured by 2 break-away bolt (this is an anti-theft feature). Use a dremel tool with cutting disc to make a notch in the screw head to remove with a flathead screwdriver. If this doesn't work your other option is to cut the bolts where the assy bolts together. Remove the broken SCLA and remove the key FOB and install into new SCLA. If your mechanically incline this should take about 2-3 hrs. and save you $300-400 in labor cost. Part numbers are same at Toyota and Lexus dealers.

Steering Column Lock Assy: 45280-60510

Steering Lock Bolt: 45897-12020 (need qty. 2)

Mar 16, 2009 | 2000 Lexus LX470

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