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Hello. Do you have a spare key you could try? I assume your not home and don't have access to the spare key? If that's the case, the only thing you can do jiggle the key like a mad man until it turns. This does happen quite often, and as difficult as it may be at times, we are almost always able to eventually get the key to turn. Once the key turns then we can remove the lock cylinder and replace it. Often times the problem is with the key itself and not the ignition lock cylinder.
I would not try to force it with pliers. Either there is a tumbler inside the lock cylinder that is sticking, or there is a worn spot on the key. You can try using some penetrating oil to loosen up the tumblers in the lock cylinder, jiggle the key like a mad man while trying to turn it, etc. It should turn eventually. It may take a ton of persistence but they almost always do turn.
well, lol... when i say "mad man" I don't mean to use excessive force. I just mean to jiggle it really quick.
jiggle it up and down, There are tumblers on the top and bottom of the key in the cylinder. jiggling it up and down will make the tumblers bounce and eventually they will hopefully all line up.
most likely it's only one tumbler that's not lining up right and it's probably just sticky if the key is in good shape.
too much could make it's way to the electronics. You shouldn't need a whole lot. get some in there and just keep working on it. The alternative is drilling the lock cylinder out, which is not very fun. It's rare though that we have to resort to that.
yes, they each have a tiny spring behind them.
It still won't turn? After the penetrating oil, jiggling up and down, in and out, etc?
shaking the steering wheel back and forth didn't help either? And, you have no spare key?
oh boy.... if it just will not turn, then you will have to drill it out in order to turn it and replace the lock cylinder with a new one. I'm sorry it's being so difficult. They usually do turn eventually
What is the condition of the key? pretty worn?
If they make a new key from the old one, it will most likely be the same thing. You could call a lock smith if you want. try putting a little more penetrating oil on the key and insert the key in and out a bunch of times to loosen up the tumbler. If the key is decent, then it's probably a sticky tumbler.
looks like the key is pretty worn to me. In which case, the tumblers are probably not sticking and penetrating oil will be of no assistance. just vigorous shaking of the key until it turns. It's a shame you don't have a spare anywhere. Absolute worse case, we're looking at drilling out the center of the cylinder to get the tumblers and springs to drop out. Then you can turn it with a screw driver.
that would be a wonderful way to end the night wouldn't it?>? the police showing up and thinking your stealing your own truck.
it's very soft. it's aluminum and brass tumblers. I would start off with a quarter inch bit, and slowly work up in size until you get to the point where all the tumblers and springs drop out.. have you tried to call a lock smith?
i understand. I just had to mention it. Please mark the drill bit so you don't drill further than the key would go.
Your welcome. Hopefully you'll be able to get it done without too much issue.
It's been a long time since I have had to drill out a lock cylinder. probably 2 years or so. Usually we are able to get them to turn one way or another. I do know that we use very sharp cobalt bits, start at 1/4 inch and work up until we get all the pins out. Even then it can be a little difficult to get it turned if you don't go deep enough, but if you go too deep you'll run the risk of damaging other components. I really dont' like drilling these things out very much.
yes, there is definitely some steel in there as well. I can actually recall quite some time ago, inserting a large flat screw driver into the ignition lock cylinder, and twisting with a crescent wrench until the cylinder broke and turned but I would be afraid of attempting that due to housing damage.
no worries. Your welcome