1. Post #1
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    elih595's Avatar
    October 2009
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    Whenever I try to start my car the key won't turn. It will go in and if I keep the door open it will beep so it is recognizing it but it won't turn. It used to be hard to make it start but now it doesn't work at all.

    Anyone have a similar problem or know how to fix it?
    Thanks
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  2. Post #2
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    Ldesu's Avatar
    March 2008
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    get a new key?

  3. Post #3
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    bradley's Avatar
    January 2011
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    Have you accidentally locked the steering wheel by turning it while the key was out? Try really hard to turn the steering wheel while trying to turn the key.

    Edited:

    The way the steering lock works on 99% of vehicles won't let you turn the tumbler if the lock was put on with force against the wheel, since it operates off of the tumbler mechanism. It's kind of hard to explain, just try it.
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  4. Post #4
    c0nk3r's Avatar
    October 2009
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    Yeah do what bradley said
    keep jerkin the wheel around while tryna turn the key

  5. Post #5
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    Have you accidentally locked the steering wheel by turning it while the key was out? Try really hard to turn the steering wheel while trying to turn the key.

    Edited:

    The way the steering lock works on 99% of vehicles won't let you turn the tumbler if the lock was put on with force against the wheel, since it operates off of the tumbler mechanism. It's kind of hard to explain, just try it.
    Just tried but the wheel just got locked sideways and still doesn't work.

    It only turns 1 way now and if I try to turn it the locked way it feels like it is going to break.

  6. Post #6
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    mpntball2012's Avatar
    December 2008
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    Keep trying what bradley said. Don't put and insane amount of pressure on the key though.
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  7. Post #7
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    Keep trying what bradley said. Don't put and insane amount of pressure on the key though.
    Ok thanks all ill try more.

  8. Post #8
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    justin1992's Avatar
    April 2007
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    Simple answer: The key is worn down. Get a new key made and it will work fine, shouldn't cost too much eather, fairly cheap for older cars.

  9. Post #9
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    Del91's Avatar
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    I paid $40 to have some shady guy make me a key for my car without a key to copy.
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    justin1992's Avatar
    April 2007
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    the key to my mazda was worn down when i bought it, paid around 60 for one key copy...apparently imports are more expensive or whatever. Sucks. But depending on what you drive it should be fairly cheap, my generic chevy k10 was like $5 per key...they didn't always work but they would re-cut it for free so..

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    Superwafflez's Avatar
    April 2010
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    ..apparently imports are more expensive or whatever. Sucks. But depending on what you drive it should be fairly cheap
    1995 BMW e36 Ignition Key (no remote functionality) - $250 from dealer.
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    '90 Civic hatch key -- $2.50
    Have a CRX key made at locksmith from just the tumbler (had no key to match it for door lock) -- Something like $20-25

    Where the hell do you guys get your keys made? Quit getting ass fucked.

  13. Post #13

    May 2011
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    Topic title made me laugh. It isn't he key,it's the keyhole that is broken. Or so i am told.
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    Its not the key I tried my spare which isn't worn down at all. I tried using DW40 on key to try to free the pins in the lock if they were stuck.
    The key came out kinda black so there is some graphite in it and I think it might be clogged or something.
    Anyone know how to clean inside it?

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    '90 Civic hatch key -- $2.50
    Have a CRX key made at locksmith from just the tumbler (had no key to match it for door lock) -- Something like $20-25

    Where the hell do you guys get your keys made? Quit getting ass fucked.
    I'm pretty sure the guy who made my key went and bought meth. Opens my doors and starts the engine though.
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    I used to cut keys also. But my key cutting machine was in my house during the fire so I lost it.
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  17. Post #17

    May 2011
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    Graphite is toxic,if you eat it. Be careful when cleaning the keyhole!

  18. Post #18
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    Graphite tasty, Nom NOm nom.

  19. Post #19
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    Graphite is toxic,if you eat it. Be careful when cleaning the keyhole!
    I thought Lead was toxic, not Graphite.
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    Definitely high.
    borisjake's Avatar
    August 2005
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    Graphite isn't toxic at all, that's why they swapped it out in pencils from lead

  21. Post #21
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    February 2005
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    Graphite is toxic,if you eat it. Be careful when cleaning the keyhole!
    You saying I shouldn't lick my key every time I take it out of the ignition for good luck??

  22. Post #22
    Definitely high.
    borisjake's Avatar
    August 2005
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    I wouldn't lick a key anyway :P

  23. Post #23
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    Its not the key I tried my spare which isn't worn down at all. I tried using DW40 on key to try to free the pins in the lock if they were stuck.
    The key came out kinda black so there is some graphite in it and I think it might be clogged or something.
    Anyone know how to clean inside it?
    Powdered graphite is a lubricant that was actually commonly used to clean locks in the past, but it can cause your tumblers to over-lift and other problems like that. Just keep flushing it with WD-40 until your key comes out clean.

  24. Post #24

    May 2011
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    Wd-40:The tool that fixes everything!
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  25. Post #25
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    When in doubt, hose it down.


  26. Post #26
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    When I was like... 9, I used to spray WD40 on ants. My dad would come home to grease stains all over the driveway
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