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Bad Ignition? tumbler stuck...?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by magic, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Jun 18, 2011 at 8:30 PM
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    hey guys i have a 99 tacoma and and i think a tumbler(s) is stuck. i drove down to a local store and when i got back in the truck the key (orginal toyota key) would work. so i had to have a friend tow me back home( 15 miles... it sucked)

    any sugestions???
     
  2. Jun 18, 2011 at 8:43 PM
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    help please? it really bites not being able to drive my truck :(
     
  3. Jun 18, 2011 at 8:58 PM
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    Try moving the wheel back and forth as you turn the key...sometimes the ignition "binds" up...

    Perry
     
  4. Jun 18, 2011 at 9:15 PM
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    thanks man for the answer but sadly i've tried that and many other things.



    sat looking at my steering wheel for an hour trying all kinds of things to get that tumbler back to where its suppose to be
     
  5. Jun 18, 2011 at 11:58 PM
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    I had the same problem, but i got stuck at a gas station.

    Its an easy fix and everyone can do it. Basically it sounds like your tumblers are toast. If thats the case, you need to see if you can turn the key into acc. position. Once you do that you need to remove the bottem panel and locate the ignition cylinder. All you do is, push a button and pull out the cylinder and key. Then either buy a new one from toyota, or get one from a scrap yard.
    Hope this helped
     
  6. Jun 19, 2011 at 12:44 AM
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    Powdered graphite can free up an ignitin if they are just worn and not wanting to function properly
     
  7. Jun 19, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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    ya dude it really sucked getting stranded when everything but your dumb ignition is in perfect condition.


    anyways can a lock smith fix it? or do i need to buy a new one?
     
  8. Jun 19, 2011 at 11:42 PM
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    You need a new one forsure. Call up your local scrap yard/towing company, and ask for an ignition cylinder. I got mine for $50 and put it in in 2 hours. Make sure you are able to put the key in and turn to acc. Or else its a hell of a job to take the old one out.
     
  9. Jun 21, 2011 at 1:49 PM
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    Do you have a diffrent key? Maybe your key is wore out, mine did used my wifes key and its fine. Try that before you change the ignition. If you dont have another key go have a copy made, sometimes the copys are a little larger than the worn ones.
     
  10. Jun 21, 2011 at 6:44 PM
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    Yeah, thats probly a good thing to try first. I tried my spare when i happened to me and turned out the tumblers were really done. You can tell if the tumblers are going when you put the key in and try to turn, sometimes it would catch for a second.

    Nice truck by the way ^^^ I always wanted the black one.
     
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