Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: We've replaced the steering column w a used one ( different key ) will this cause a no start?

asked by on

Replaced steering column with a used one complete w key will this cause no start and if so what's the process to reset or do we replace key lock cylinder?

My car has 145000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

This may potentially cause a no start issue as the keys are usually equipped with a microchip in them that is mapped/flashed from the dealer specifically to the vehicle’s computer. I would recommend having the new key re-flashed to the car’s computer by taking it to the dealer where this can be done. If you’d like a second opinion on this, consider having the no start condition inspected firsthand by one of our mobile technicians. Best of luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • We've replaced the steering column w a used one ( different key ) will this cause a no start?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Hi I have a chrysler 300 and every time I use the air conditioner it starts to overheat

When in use, the a/c system places an added load on the engine. You probably have a marginal cooling system, that is there is some deficiency, and the deficiency is becoming apparent as overheating when the engine has that additional...

Q: wont start

Hello there, the stalling and no start issues with your 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT are likely related. Common faults that can cause both of these symptoms is the mass air flow sensor, vacuum leaks, fuel pump, throttle body issues, or throttle...

Q: Truck lights not working

If the bulbs are good, the problem could be with the power circuit. The circuit involves the fuse, a relay and the switch. Any of those components will keep the lights from working. Electrical issues can be troublesome to diagnose....

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...