Hows the condition of your key? Are the teeth worn? Try your spare key. If that works, stop using your original key. If your original key is fine, than you may have to open up the ignition to troubleshoot.
I used to own a 1989 Toyota Corolla coupe, and went to look at a 1990 Camry for sale one day. I noticed that the keys looked very similar. For fun I tried my car's key in the Camry's ignition. It worked. Unlocked the doors, started the car, everything.
There apparently were not that many combinations of key cut and the ignition switches had rather loose tolerances.
Yep my Dad had a 1989 Mercury Sable and its key worked in the ignition of a friends 1988 Sable but did not work in the door locks. I read somewhere that 1 in 1000 GM keys were the exact same. I would venture to guess that a statistic like that is not uncommon with other auto makers.
Back in the late 70’s, when I was a kid, my mother went to the dentist next door to a cheap car rental place. She drove her AMC station wagon and parked outside on the street. When she came out it was gone. She called the police and reported it stolen. That night we all wondered who the hell would steal an old AMC wagon??:shrug:
The next day, the police called to report that they found her car. It was parked in the same spot outside of the rental place that my mother had parked in. Turns out a guy came from out of town to visit his mother and went to rent a cheap car. He rented a station wagon (Chevy if I remember right) and they told him it was parked outside. Well, he went outside and saw my mother’s AMC and thought that was it. Key fit the door and ignition no problem and off he went. When he went to return it the next day, the car rental place asked why he didn’t take their car. They called the police after they realized he drove someone else’s car.:huh:
The funniest part of the story is that the guy’s mother lived right around the corner from us, about 5 houses away. He parked my mother’s car in his mother’s driveway overnight and nobody noticed!! :thwack:
Hi Everyone! My name is Becky and I’m new here. I have a 2005 Elise that I purchased two years ago. I love the car and haven’t had any problems with it until just lately and am hoping someone will be able to help me with this. Lately, I’ve been having problems with the check engine light...
I was under the car trying to sort out the right side of the exhaust that had lost both of its rubber mounts and saw the following:
1) The heat shield has indentations in it that seem to suggest that there should be some bolts holding the heat shield to the plate holder.
2) The plate holder is...
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Done in the last 10k miles:
Replace leaking coolant hose
Check all suspension fasteners for tightness...
Finally, I installed gas lift struts to augment my BOE Fab rear clam hinge, I should have done this years ago when I installed the hinges. I used a strut with just enough force to hold the clam mid-way open, it really makes the hinge feel like a factory piece. Much less force is needed to move...