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How to Get a Replacement Car Key
Replacing a car key can be a messy and frustrating experience. Sometimes the key breaks, while at other times it may just bend a wear down until it no longer functions correctly....
How to Troubleshoot a Car That Won't Turn Off
If your car won't turn off, inspect the power relay, idle speed, ignition timing, and spark plugs. Using premium fuel may help but isn't a solution.
How to Diagnose an Ignition Key That Won’t Turn
It can be a frustrating experience when you first insert your key into your car and it fails to turn in the ignition. Your mind races with all the possibilities...
B2100 OBD-II Trouble Code: Driver's Door Key Cylinder Switch Failure
B2100 trouble code means a failure in the driver's door key cylinder, often due to a defective driver's door key cylinder switch.
B2104 OBD-II Trouble Code: Door Passenger Key Cylinder Switch Failure
B2104 trouble code means there's a failure in the passenger door key cylinder switch, caused by a failed component in the switch.
How Long Does a Door Lock Cylinder Last?
We don't usually think about our door lock. It's just a part on our car that we expect to work at all times, so we can safely lock up our vehicle...
How to Buy a Good Quality Key Chain
While not a car part, your key chain can still play a pretty important role to your vehicle. With today’s key chains offering a wide range of features, it’s suddenly...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Hatch Lock Cylinder
Common signs include the hatch lock cylinder just spinning or not turning at all when you insert the key, and the key not even being able to go in.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Tailgate Locking Assembly
Common signs include the power lock not working, tailgate lock not latching, and tailgate lock cylinder not turning.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Trunk Lock Actuator
Common signs include the trunk not opening even after hearing a click, the release buttons not working, and an actuator that doesn't stop clicking.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Trunk Lock Cylinder
Common signs include the key not going in, lock not turning or feeling stiff, and no resistance when turning the key.
How Long Does a Trunk Lock Cylinder Last?
A car has a variety of different safety features that will allow them to keep would be thieves at bay. Among the most beneficial of these safety features are the locks...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Door Lock Relay
If the power door locks function intermittently or do not work at all, you may need to replace the door lock relay.
5 Essential Things to Know About Your Car's Anti-Theft Device
Your car’s anti-theft device is installed in an effort to help protect your investment from thieves. Most cars today include a variety of these devices and systems that not only protect the car,...
How Long Does an Ignition Lock Cylinder Last?
For most car owners, getting in and cranking their vehicle up is not something that they think about. In order for a car to crank properly, a number of different components...
How Long Does a Steering Column Actuator Last?
Modern cars use electronic systems to ensure that the steering wheel locks in place when the key is out of the ignition, and to prevent the key from coming out of...
How to Install an Ignition Switch
When your ignition switch fails, it can cause a number of different issues. You may experience anything from a failure to start, to a stalling problem, to a series...
How to Remove a Broken Car Key From the Ignition
After many years of use, your car key may break off in the lock. When this happens, it renders the lock unusable until you can get the broken...
7 Tips to Prevent Being Locked Out of Your Car
While there are many things that can go wrong while driving around in your car, locking yourself out ranks near the top of the list...

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My car keys got missing.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The key that has been damaged to this extent will likely never function for the vehicle again. They do not replace the metal key in the fob. The manufacture will have to replace the...
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Intermittent central locking issue
Hello there, many common faults will cause your 1995 Subaru Impreza to fail to lock all of the doors intermittently. The first thing to look for in this situation is to inspect the condition of the key, if the key...
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Key is stuck in ignition so i think its causing the battery to keep going dead
Hello there, many common faults will cause your key to become stuck in the ignition in your 2006 Chevrolet Aveo. When the key is in the ignition and turned this puts the vehicle into the on mode, which will drain...
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Car key won't turn in ignition
Hello, thank you for writing in. A battery inspection is a great place to start. You can remove it and have it tested, attempt to jump start the vehicle, or test the battery in the vehicle with a voltmeter if...
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Everyday key won't start the car but spare key will?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The first thing you should do is inspect the key for any obvious damages that would stop the ignition from starting. Secondly you will want to attempt to reprogram your main key. Your owners...
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I had to,replace 3 shifters because it will not release the key. , but why?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The key becomes locked into the ignition and it will stay there until the computers registers that the vehicle is in park. This is a safety feature so you will not leave the vehicle...
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Key turns in ignition tumbler but it gets stuck in the on position and won't start.
Hi there. It is possible that the key lock in the steering column may have broke. This lock is what returns the ignition tumbler back to the rest OFF position. The lock may have broke making the key not move...
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Lexus 30k Service
Hi there. During a 30,000 mile or 36 month check up, there will be a check up on the following: Replace the engine oil and oil filter, rotate the tires and adjust tire pressures as required, replace the air conditioner...
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Transmission says its in gear and wont start or release the key.
Hi there. The transmission position sensor has failed or the cable to the transmission has broken when the transmission was selected into the low position. Check the shifter cable and see if its attached to the transmission and make sure...
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My 2010 kia picanto key is stuck in acc mode and it wont turn either way..
Hello, thank you for writing in. Several issues may be occurring. The key itself may be damaged and be stuck inside of the ignition cylinder. The cylinder may also be damaged, or having debris stuck inside which is not allowing...
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My key will not easily come out of the ignition on my 2011 Mercedes C300
Hello. If the key will come out then you have an issue with the key lock sensor in the shifter assembly. It is not uncommon for the shifter assembly to break internally or to become warped and make poor contact,...
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Car is cutting out when driving.
Hi there. If you are seeing a green key shaped light on the dash, then the key Immobilizer System is active. This light will come on when there is a communication error with the key to the vehicle. If the...
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Replacement Key?
It sounds like you ended up with a "workshop" lock cylinder. That is a cylinder that you put in to get a car back in action while waiting on the correct cylinder. The workshop cylinder has it's own keys, but...
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Ignition (maybe)
If the key is binding or sticking, then either the key is worn, damaged, wasn't cut right, and/or the key cylinder assembly is faulty. As far as the occasional, or intermittent, "electrical" failure you are describing (no dash lights, no...
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Key green light blinking and car dose not start. The car is a Honda fit hybrid.
Hi there. Check the battery cables and see if they are tight and clean. Then check the immobilizer receiver and see if there is any loose wires or broken wires around it. The immobilizer receiver could have went out and...
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My car key stop working last night and its was the only key I had. Where could I go to get a new key?
Hi there. The dealership would have a replacement key for the vehicle. First try replacing the battery in the key fob or the key it self. Then you will have to reprogram the key to the ignition and the door...
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Key fob wont engage in ignition
If you are referring to the actual "key" portion of the key FOB assembly and not the security component, if the key cannot be inserted, the ignition key cylinder is damaged. Of course, be sure that the key itself is...
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I put the wrong key in my car and a few weeks later my car just shut down and it will not start I believe it's the computer but...
Hi there. What had happened is the wrong key set the security to the vehicle. This is to prevent the vehicle from starting with the wrong keys. Try removing the battery cables (+) and (-) for 13 minutes. During that...
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Ignition key will not turn
The simplest answer would be that the wheels are turned sharply and there is pressure on the column lock preventing the actuator from moving.You should be able to move the steering wheel slightly in one direction or the other. Give...

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