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Old 08-29-2011, 01:06 PM   #1
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Question Ion passlock relearn fail after ignition work

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My key broke off in my ignition Friday. My mechanic friend was finally able to fish it out. But then the spare key would not work. Ignition would not turn at all. To make a long story short, finally he was able to get the lock cylinder out. I think he drilled the side bar and any key will turn the ingnition, I know this is not the best fix but I have to go to a dealer and pay $85 for a lock cylinder ( with no key). Anyways the car starts and dies right away. We tried to relearn the passlock. the light does not go out even after 30 minutes. I think it may need an ignition switch. I read on another form here they can be cleaned and greased instead of replacing. I found a used complete ignition with key for cheap. Can the passlock relearn with current lock cylinder, or can I get a used one instead? Can ingnition switch be cleaned, or will a used one work? I have to get it fixed today, I cant go to work untill it is fixed. Any advise would be great. Thanks.

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Old 08-29-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ion passlock relearn fail after ignition work

Your car thinks it's being stolen. Your friend most likely tripped the anti theft by altering the cylinder. Replace the lock cylinder and get a key cut from your vin at about $105 for the pair, it's not too expensive. When the switch fails, it refuses to try to start and flashes the lock light. When the car thinks it's being stolen, out starts then does. All you may have needed was a new key. Now you need a lock cylinder and key. As long as your friend indeed drilled the lock cylinder, and not something else. If they drilled something else out, you need that, too.

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Old 08-29-2011, 06:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for the fast reply. I should clarify he did not drill the center of the cylinder, he did remove all the springs and pins. I think he drilled out the side bar on the side of the cylinder. Sorry if that does not make sense. When the key in in place the pins line up and the side bar moves into place allowing the cylinder to turn is how it is supposed to work, right?He was trying to do that somehow. Mabey "drilled out" is not the best way of describing it.

How does the ignition switch know when the proper key is in? I did not see an obvious direct contact or connection.

I just got a new ingnition switch to try. I have had some cold starting issues 6 months ago or so. Hopefully this will help.

I also have a question about the relearn proccess As theingnition is now car starts and dies right away (passlock) I start the proccess but the light does not turn off in 10 minutes,to repeat the steps. It does not turn off in 30 minutes.

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Default Re: Ion passlock relearn fail after ignition work

the cylinder is the connection it uses a pin, or pins to tell if there's a real key in the cylinder, or in your case, if the cylinder has been tampered with. I'm not 100% sure how the relearn procedure goes. you should be able to find it by searching for it on here.

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