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key stuck in acc position

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by penguinflies, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. Dec 11, 2011 at 10:06 PM
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    Been searching for the best answer but seems to happen to more floor shifters than column shifters.

    I have a 1996 Tacoma and when I put it in park, I can turn off the ignition and move the key to acc. Key will not go to off and I cannot pull it out of the ignition cylinder.

    I disconnect the battery and the key can move to the off position and is released for extraction.

    I read in some forums that is could be slop in the shifter, the ignition solenoid, or the ignition cylinder.

    Is the ignition solenoid the same/integrated in the ignition cylinder?

    --thanks
     
  2. Dec 11, 2011 at 10:08 PM
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    Try this: Put shifter into N. Try to turn it off. Put shifter into P.
     
  3. Dec 11, 2011 at 10:15 PM
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    This happens to me sometimes, usually when I forget to take it out of gear, but give it a half turn clock wise then back and it should release. On my Dad's Boxster this is a big problem with the plastic peices at the end of the locking mech(Not sure what it's called) breaking and not being able to retrieve the key so maybe replace that?
    Also try babytruck's idea she's pretty smart.
     
  4. Dec 11, 2011 at 10:32 PM
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    thanks for the tips, but neither work. The key can go from inserted off, acc, on start. When either in park or neutral and truck running, key can go from position on to acc, but not off. Only way I can get the key to off is to disconnect the battery.
     
  5. Dec 11, 2011 at 10:35 PM
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    Have you tried to push the key in deeper into the keyhole as you are turning?
     
  6. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:16 AM
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    I just tried it again in the daylight, no bueno

    I connected the battery, pushed the key in the "lock" position, and turned over the truck. It started and the shift indicator says park. I then put the shifter in neutral and turned off the truck, and placed the shifter in park. Pushing/jiggling the key gets me to the ACC position and almost to lock, but not all the way there.

    Btw, I dont need to press the brake anymore to put the truck in gear. Seems like the shift isn't all the way in its locked position. I am going to take off the steering column plastic to see if maybe the shifter is not hitting it's sensor to say, hey stupid, i'm in park.
     
  7. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:26 AM
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    sometimes you need to turn the wheel to the left or right .. not sure why this locks the key in the ignition, but it does
    edit: NVM .. this is when you are starting the car .. my bad
     
  8. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:28 AM
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    My next question was going to be: "Do you have your foot on the brake?" :p
     
  9. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:42 AM
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    took apart the plastic covers and found the bolt holding the shifter to be loose, I took it out and it is damaged. The shifter is held in place between two metal brackets on column, secured by a 10 mm bolt that should go through the assy.
     
  10. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM
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    I had the same thing happen to me. I wiggled it forever and finally got it to the off position. Once you get it out, change keys. That ended up being my problem somehow. Good luck
     
  11. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:45 AM
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    I know right, seems 90% of the problems are usually solved by operator error. Will take a pic of the bolt and it's location if this solves the problem.

    Right now the 1996 tacoma is at 199427, I need 575 more miles to 200K and dammnit, I'm going to make it.
     
  12. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:48 AM
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    No, you are correct, I can start easy, it's turning off that is the problem. With my current problem, the steering wheel will not 'lock' when turning left or right.
     
  13. Dec 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM
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    Glad that you found the problem. Keep us posted, I want to know that it got fixed. :)
     
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    Sometimes my key gets stuck in acc when I'm not completely shifted in P. It'll be engaged in P, but the shifter requires another small click upwards to be able to unlock the key
     
  15. Dec 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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    Yes, I suspect it is more the column shifter not reaching it's home in Park. Bolt was $1.86 and is located in KC. Toyota says they'll have it in St. Louis by noon tomorrow.
     
  16. Dec 13, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    Picked up the part, installed and I will make it to 200k! Bolt was the problem. There was also a missing 10mm nut that secured the bolt into position, I had a spare nut to install. Tightened shifter in bracket to stop the wiggle/play and the key will turn to lock flawlessly now.

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  17. Dec 13, 2011 at 10:53 AM
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    steering wheel now locks when turned, brake pedal must be pressed to get out of park, and truck operates as intended.
     
  18. Dec 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM
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    Wow that's great! And thanks for sharing the pics, people are definitely going to learn from this! :)
     
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