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How to Get a Replacement Car Key
Lost car keys can be extremely frustrating. Try to find missing keys first, then call a local locksmith to see if they can make a replacement car key.
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
If your car key won't turn in the ignition and your steering wheel locks it's easy to fix. Try jiggling the steering wheel and checking the battery.
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 to Safely Break Into Your Own Car
If you locked keys in your car you may need to break into your car to get them out. Use a coat hanger to or slim metal tool to open a locked car door.
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.
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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Broken piece inside the tumbler. Piece was so far wedged in there had to take out the ignition cylinder. Car wont start
Hello, thank you for writing in. The ignition cylinder and the tumblers inside have likely been damaged during this process. When the security system detects an issue with the key or the ignition cylinder, it will often cut the power...
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My push start car won't work and the remote battery is charged
Hello, thank you for writing in. Without knowing the make and model of the vehicle it is difficult to determine the exact components that are involved with your keyless ignition. Typically this will occur if there is a weak signal...
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Replacing the ignition key cylinder lock.
Hi there. You do not need to remove the steering wheel. You will have to remove the upper and lower covers to the steering column. Then remove the locking clip and collar on the ignition switch and push in on...
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I have a 2011 Hyundai sonata and the key is stuck in the acc position and will not turn off. I can start the car but I can't turn
Hello, thank you for writing in. When the key will not turn to the "Off" position, typically that will mean that you have an issue with you neutral safety switch. This safety feature limits your ability to turn the key...
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Key won't turn in the ignition switch.
Hi there. If the key can go into the ignition switch and turn then the key is the right one. If the switch is not turning all the way, then the switch is damaged and needs replaced with the key...
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Key stuck in the ignition.
To remove the key from the ignition switch, try turning the steering wheel left and right as you turn the ignition switch. Make sure that the vehicle is in park to make the interlock solenoid unlock the ignition switch lock....
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My key won't come out of ignition for my 2007 Chevrolet impala.
Try turning the steering wheel hard from the left to the right and wiggle the key around a little bit. If the key is still stuck, then you will need to remove the plastic molding around the steering column to...
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My key ignition won't turn.
The issue could be the steering column lock mechanism or the key cylinder, or both. To repair those components, typically there will be partial disassembly of the steering column. That is a sensitive area as the air bag is installed...
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Old AND Brand new BMW keys will not link work to unlock, etc. What would be my next option?
Hello Chris, thanks for writing in. The BMW key learning procedure for a new key needs an existing master key that communicates effectively with the ignition. If the key that came with the car is not properly programmed, then the...
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After unlocking the car from the drivers side, if the passenger door is opened before the key is put in the car the alarm goes off.
The key should only unlock the driver door with one turn and unlock all of the doors with two turns. If the passenger door is unlocking when the driver door is turned with one turn or if the alarm is...
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2004 Ford Ranger doesn't turn off when key is removed
The problem is likely a bad ignition switch. The ignition switch routes power to the entire vehicle including the accessories, computers, fuel and ignition system. Basically, the failed switch is allowing the vehicle to stay on. A professional, such as...
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Locked keys in trunk.
Hi there. You can use a slim jim tool or a coat hanger to open the driver door to get to a lever behind the driver seat to open the trunk. If your vehicle does not have a lever to...
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What is 2 key detected
If you have two programmed keys inside the vehicle or on your keyring than the computer detects this. You should not have two keys near vehicle at the same time.
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Copy a key 2004 Volkswagon Toureg
Hi there. There are two good VW dealerships in the Baltimore area I'm familiar with - (Heritage VW) one in Catonsville and one in Parkville that I'd recommend. I would first contact their service department to ensure they can provide...
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The handle on the exterior of my car has snapped off. If I replace to handle will I need to swap over the lock barrel?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Without knowing the model and year of the vehicle, it is difficult to tell what kind of replacement parts you have as true options. With that said, you are likely going to be able...
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My 1999 ford wind star came with a locked glovebox with no key. How do I get into the glovebox without damaging it?
Hello, thank you for writing in. If preventing damage, you have two different options. One is to order a new key from the dealership. The other is to have a professional locksmith pick the lock. These locks are simple enough...
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Car wont start for locksmith because the computer system has to be reset due to sitting for so long, so he can read the codes?
It would be much easier to visit your local dealer to have the keys cut. The dealer will have all of the information necessary to have a key cut for you by the vehicle identification umber or VIN number. You...
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2001 suzuki xl7 ignition replacement
Hello, thank you for writing in. Correct, the two different names are really just two different ways of describing the part. The cylinder is all that you need to replace the set. The difficult part about this, is that when...
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Lost my transponder key. if i replace my ignition.cylinder do i need to program the new transponder key? 2003 Mitsubishi Galant
Hello - yes, if you do not have at least 2 keys that are already "recognized" by the transceiver, you must have the new keys programmed at a Mitsubishi service center or locksmith equipped with the proper equipment. If you...
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I have a 1993 GMC Suburban and the key will only turn forward like to start. It is in park but the key will not turn back to stop
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your key cylinder, or ignition cylinder, has likely failed. They can also get dirty and collect debris inside that may restrict them from working properly. The best option is to attempt to clean it...

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