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post #1 of 33 Old 02-02-2017, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Can't get my key into the driver side lock

Hey everyone just a few days ago I went to put my key to unlock my driver door and it doesn't go all the way in. I tried wd40 and pb blaster yo no avail.

Update: the lock inside doesn't work. The door won't lock at all. When locked from inside it makes a different noise but still opens

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Hey everyone just a few days ago I went to put my key to unlock my driver door and it doesn't go all the way in. I tried wd40 and pb blaster yo no avail.

I can lock and unlock the door from the inside.

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Wow! I just started having the same issues, mine will go in but won't turn .
Using my back-up key has helped where it works "most" the time but something is failing.
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If it doesn't work from either side, then maybe something's wrong withe the internal linkages.
It's thin metal rods and plastic clamps that can disintegrate.
Take the inside door panel off and check.

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With both the outside lock and internal locking mechanism not working, it would appear yer locking mechanicals on the door latch may be bonkers. You can do a few tests to figure out where the issue lies.

With the door panel off, disconnect the linkage to the key locking tumbler. Test to see if yer key will turn the tumbler completely left and right. If so, it's not the tumbler. See if you can cycle the locking mechanism by pushing down/pulling up on the connecting rod. I will have to take my door panel off later today and see where the possible issue could be that might be causing yer locking issue.

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Okay so I didn't get my door panel off because I didn't want to ruin it because o didn't know how to remove the window lever. but I reached and pushed the metal rod and I could lock the door. The internal locking mechanism was very close.

I still can't turn the key in the lock however. I also accidentally used white lithium grease spray instead of pb blaster. Is that going to be an issue


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How do I get this off??


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You should be able to find one of these at a automotive store. If you push back the door skin(panel) you will see a "C" clip that holds the handle on. Use this tool to push the clip back, be careful sometimes they go flying off.

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Can't get my key into the driver side lock

Also how do i adjust the internal locking mechanism as it doesn't move the rod far enough to lock?

And the tumbler is the issue. What are my options?


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You should be able to find one of these at a automotive store. If you push back the door skin(panel) you will see a "C" clip that holds the handle on. Use this tool to push the clip back, be careful sometimes they go flying off.

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Ok quick question. Are you sure it's not a too-worn key? Do you have a spare key that hasn't been used much? I had issues with a worn key a while back...swapped to a newer cut key and it fixed my issues. You could also have a new key ordered from the dealer.


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I haven't but the key works in the other key lock. Wouldn't that tell me it was a key issue?


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Can't get my key into the driver side lock

You should be able to take yer tumbler to a locksmith and have them rebuild the tumbler. You can do it yerself if you can git the internal parts. There are a few threads on the internet to show you how to do it and where you can git the parts. I'm not sure if you can swap the passenger side with the driver side but it might be worth a shot.

Rebuilding / rekeying a Toyota lock cylinder

BTW, that window crank handle isn't OEM but I guess you can figure that out if yer passenger side is different.

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I haven't but the key works in the other key lock. Wouldn't that tell me it was a key issue?


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Yes, it should...I think I mistakenly thought it wouldn't work in the passenger door, too. Just something else to check. But I agree...it sounds like the door lock linkage is jammed/bent/disconnected.


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You can also go to the dealership with yer VIN and/or proof of yer vehicle to have them code cut you a brand new key. Should cost around $10 or so. Some locksmiths can do this service as well.

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