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Ignition Key

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by 2doorLX, May 8, 2013.

  1. 2doorLX

    2doorLX FEOA Member

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    Maybe someone can help me. :) My ignition sometimes locks, and sometimes doesn't. The key will easily come out of the ignition, even if running. The drivers side lock does not work with the key although all of the others do. Should I change all of the Locks??
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Have you tried a new key? I had an issue of my key coming out of ignition when it car was running or when ignition was in any position. I replaced the key and have not had any issues since then. Maybe your key is just worn slightly.
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    I had this issue with a Saturn, the key was just worn out.
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    Yep, it's a worn key. The ignition lock cylinder itself is likely fine; though many people have needlessly replaced their cylinders over this.

    Problem is, many folks don't keep UNUSED backups.

    Another problem is, the lock cylinders are finicky and will have issues with poorly made copies.
    Mine has had issue with "poorly" made copies two out of the three times I've had copies made. (keep your receipt)
    So last time when I get someone who re-did it right, I had more than a few extras made.

    Since the door and trunk cylinders are a lot less finicky about the key, I've kept using the old duplicate (with a metal handle) on them. The new duplicates (with plastic handles) I continue to use with the ignition. (so there are two keys on my detachable ring)
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    Unfortunately, the previous owner had only duplicate keys, and not the original. The Ignition key will not go into the "Lock" position, and any key will start the car.
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    Have one made. The one made should be just alittle bigger than the OEM. This should work.
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    Hmm... that's something one might not expect.
    But yeah if the key is too worn, they key may pull/fall out at anytime, may be able to operate the ignition to a point, and you might not be able to get it back to the lock-position.

    All-in-all I think you'll spend less money/time just buying entirely new replacements. :(

    You can try a DRY lubricant like graphite (with compressed-air) however that can make things worse. Make sure you're keeping pressure off the cylinder by holding the wheel as you turn the key. If you can't get a LockSmith to "coax out" a better profile that'll work, you might not have any choice but to get a new cylinder/key. Think I read some account a long time ago, of someone stating that a locksmith might be able to have the cylinder re-keyed or develop a new key after disassembling it.
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    I put a drop of oil onto the key, and put it into the locks, and leave it there for five minutes. I do this about twice a year for each of the locks on the car; for the ignition, door keys and the trunk key. Its possible those other locks are just corroded and stuck.
    And by all means, go to a locksmith and discuss your problem. I had a locksmith make a new door key for a mopar product I had - he made it to open the passenger door, as that would be the one least worn. It worked perfectly, and was worth the money. Places like a hardware store cutter and the machine at home depot may be of no use for making a replacement key in your situation.

    I also lube my door hinges and latches.
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    escortrio FEOA Donator

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    Yes like he said try wd 40 I have to do it to my 91 every year or the piece that pushes in doesn't work right that's where I get my trouble. I can take the key out after starting it so assume it has something to do with the key. Its takes a few days for the oil to stop sticking to the key afterword.

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