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I have a 1997 camry, the key will not turn on ignition.

I have a 1997...

I have a 1997 camry , the key will not turn on ignition

Mechanic's Assistant: Can you turn the steering wheel at all? And what about the key? Is it worn or damaged?

Cannot turn steering wheel - key is old but not damaged

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Camry yourself? What have you tried so far?

No inquiring as to what may need to be fixed bytaking it to a mechanic

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12/31/2017
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Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you. Can you try to turn the steering wheel with your left hand, turn it hard as you can, and then try to cycle the key with your right hand? If the steering column is locked, this will allow the key to turn. If not, either the key is worn to the point where it cannot line up the tumblers inside the lock or the lock is faulty.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
we have tried this but it doesnt work- do I need anew key or a new ignition?

I would recommend that before you get a new ignition you take your proof of ownership to a Toyota dealer and ask them to make you a new key. Perhaps your key is worn down too far.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
could you give me a repair estimate and key estimate - thank you

A good automotive locksmith is your lease expensive avenue; locksmiths usually charge around 100-125 dollars for an ignition replacement; a replacement key is 10 to 15 dollars.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
thank you so much !

You are very welcome!!! Have a great day!

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