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Old 05-15-2009, 03:19 PM   #1
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It takes about 50 attempts to get my key to turn in the ignition but when it does move, it turns just fine.

I tried to lube it up, but that didn't help.

So I had a new key cut from the key code but it doesn't seem to work at all.
Although, it opened the truck lock which I thought had ceased.

So I called the dealer to find the cost of a new ignition cylinder, and they quoted me 120 + 70 to assemble the cylinder (this is just the part, no install). canadian dollars.

Sound right?? I was thinking 50 bucks

Suggestions?

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Old 05-15-2009, 03:47 PM   #2
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well, the price seems right the part it self is about $80.00 to $100.00 us, and the dealership might charge a fee to "assemble" the clyinder. it pretty much comes in pices and has instructions to assemble it. BUT you need your "specific" key code. only the dealership has access to. so the price sounds about right.
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:52 PM   #3
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+1. Though I paid 60 for the cylinder and 20 to put it together. It also came with a new key
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:52 PM   #4
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Oh and heres how to change it:
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:48 PM   #5
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Does the cylinder come with instructions for my key code, because I know my key code?
Or, is that the part that only the dealer has access to?

Those 4 mm screws are tough to get out.

Right now, I am working on sliding the cylinder out. I am having trouble getting the key into the ACC position since the cylinder is jamming.

I am not sure if this makes sense but...
I had disconnected the battery but noticed that without power to the steering it makes it pretty tough to unlock the steering wheel, especially when the key is sticking.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:13 PM   #6
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Does the cylinder come with instructions for my key code, because I know my key code?
Or, is that the part that only the dealer has access to?

Those 4 mm screws are tough to get out.

Right now, I am working on sliding the cylinder out. I am having trouble getting the key into the ACC position since the cylinder is jamming.

I am not sure if this makes sense but...
I had disconnected the battery but noticed that without power to the steering it makes it pretty tough to unlock the steering wheel, especially when the key is sticking.
Power has no difference in the ability of the cylinder to turn.

Just get it done by the dealer. If you put it together wrong it wont work and youll be back a the dealer anyway.

Wiggle the key alot. A combination of wiggling and vibrating the steering wheel should let it turn. It took me one time 10 min to get the key into the ACC position.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:16 PM   #7
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I think I've put in 2 hours of jiggling today, I got it into ACC once but as I was trying to pull the cylinder free, I pushed it back and now I am back to square 1 (frozen).

I guess the only other option is to drill it out? Thats where I stop and the dealer takes over, I am not interested in breaking the casing.


I meant...Power to the power steering to make it easier to unlock the steering wheel so that the key will turn in cylinder
but I am shooting in the dark on that one.
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Old 05-15-2009, 11:04 PM   #8
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Nope, wont have any effect.

Ahh that stinksss. Start over You may be able to get it out with out the key in ACC. Give it a whirl. If not then keep wiggling!
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:21 AM   #9
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i had the same problem til i fugured a little trick out. if you look on the ignition wher it says "start. ACC," etc., if you look further down it says LOCK. turn it as far back as possible until you feel a little click and the ignition should just pop out and your belt will come off like normal. thats how it worked with mine, just a tip.
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Old 05-16-2009, 10:51 PM   #10
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well, lots of jiggling but it wont go to ACC

I have tried to depress the release through the hole and pull it out without it in ACC, no luck.

I think I am hitting the release through the hole, I am hitting something springy but it wont pull out.

Does turning to ACC just make the release accessible or, does it, also, set something else free?
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