Originally Posted by Raddman
There's a thin wire in the steering column that wears out in time from turning your ingnition on and off and quits sending a complete signal to you module/computer....99% of the time its not your key(with the chip in it) the key replacement(with chip) from the dealer alone costs $35..my friend just had this same problem and paid $25 to a locksmith to bypass this signal going to the computer(took 10 minutes for him to do, this a simple procedure) and now he can use any regular key to start his car with no security light coming on and no problem starting...but if that worries you then the other option is paying the $450 because that's about the going price from a dealer...hope this helps...Radd Guy...
Does anyone know anything about the 'thin wire' Raddman mentioned here? Or perhaps how to bypass the signal going to the car's computer?
I thought the tumbler in my old '98 Corolla was wearing out until I learned about the microchip in the key from reading a few similar forum threads. In the past few weeks I've found the key will inititially start the car when I leave home. But when I park to shop for a while, when I return the key refuses to turn. I thought wiggling it for 3-4 minutes finally got the tumbler to work. But now I suspect there's some problem with the microchip/computer interface.
Can anyone give me a few suggestions on how to address this without an expensive visit to the dealership?