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Ignition cylinder and door locks

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Kbstall, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. Nov 5, 2019 at 6:27 AM
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    Kbstall

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    My 2001 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner is approaching its 20 year anniversary, I'd to do something special. ;)

    Door locks and ignition cylinder need replacing, keys and cylinders are starting to wear out. Would this be something I get Toyota to do or is this something I could do? I am moderately mechanically inclined, at least I could work on cars in the 70's and 80's somewhat. Doors are electronic and I would like for the Key-less entry to function again.

    Thanks for you advice and help.

    Regards,

    Kevin S.
     
  2. Nov 5, 2019 at 7:23 AM
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    When you say wearing out, what symptom more specifically are you seeing? The electric locks don't lock/unlock quick like they used to? Like they are slowing down?
     
  3. Nov 5, 2019 at 7:41 AM
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    Crusierguy - I have to manually open the vehicle using the key since the key-less entry doesn't work well, it takes a little finagling to engage. When I introduce the key into the ignition, it takes some wiggling to engage/turn the key. Hope this helps. There is some sticking, unable to pull out, when in the ignition.
     
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  4. Nov 5, 2019 at 9:05 AM
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    I don’t think you need new key tumblers. It’s a new key you need. Go take your title to the dealer and ask them to cut you a new key.
     
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    I ran into the same issue as OP some years back. Cut a new key (from my original master spare) and it worked for a short time then back to the same. Ended up just ordering a new oem ignition cylinder. Swapped it out then went to the locksmith and had them rekey door locks to the new ignition key. Dealer was no help with trying to order a keyed cylinder based on my master spare tag.
     
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    Key doesn't have anything to do with your door locks not working though. They don't work from just the key FOB or from the interior switches?

    I would still replace the ignition cylinder but you have a separate issue with the door locks.
     
  7. Nov 5, 2019 at 10:07 AM
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  8. Nov 5, 2019 at 2:06 PM
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    The contact points on the lock switches can get carboned up over time and use. This carbon build up many times keeps the full current from traveling to the lil electric motor and can function the way you're describing yours.
    On my Land Cruisers the power lock and power window switches can be removed and the contact points then cleaned up. I'm not sure on Tacoma if that's possible. I'd like to think it is. It's not too difficult either to do. Might be a youtubes video of it or something
     

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