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Old 03-26-2013, 09:29 PM   #1
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I took my new 99 sl2 out for a spin tonight.When I got home and turned the key off ,it didn't want to come out nor could I turn to start the car either.I eventually was able to pull straight out and the key came out with resistance.Any advice or suggestions?I think my wheels are straight and not on the curb.

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Old 03-26-2013, 10:04 PM   #2
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You need to get a dealer or quality lock smith cut key, not a ground copy from that worn one, and probably replace the cylinder. Any decent locksmith can read the keycode and punch out a new sharp key.

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Old 03-26-2013, 10:17 PM   #3
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Is the cylinder something the locksmith would have?....or is it going to be a dealer item?I was thinking maybe one of the mobile locksmiths.

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Old 03-26-2013, 10:43 PM   #4
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A good automotive locksmith should have it and get it on a mobile truck. Getting a cut key will require reading the key code to be able to cut it and grinding out a copy will not remove the wear that is causing your problem. Both the key and wafers are worn out so both require fixing for the fix to last.

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Old 03-27-2013, 10:27 AM   #5
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Update this am.I had some silicone spray that put in the cylinder and was able to finally turn the key.Seems as though whatever "springs the key" forward was sticking as the dinger was on even though the key was out.Now seems to be working fine....however I plan to obtain new cylinder and factory type key.Would I have better luck at an indie locksmith or the dealer? TIA.

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Old 03-27-2013, 11:33 AM   #6
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Try the independent automotive locksmith first as it will be much cheaper. Silicone is a very short lived fix, when it works.

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Old 03-27-2013, 02:27 PM   #7
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I went to a recommended indie and he told me he couldn't do it....so I went to the GM dealer and got a factory key and it works fine for $33.The dealer said indie should have been able to do it.The cylinder is $98.Dealer said when I get the cylinder I can get the indie to pair them up.I know the silicone won't last,but it is what I had on hand.Any longer term solution as far as a spray?

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Old 03-27-2013, 03:39 PM   #8
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Sure, flush the cylinder out with CRC QD-Electronic Connection Cleaner that you buy at the parts store. Put a big towel down on the floor and flush the gook out of the lock cylinder. The cleaner will run out of the lock cylinder onto the floor or the towel, you want it on the towel. It runs out off the lower edge of the lower cover. Then allow the cylinder to dry out completely. This takes a fair amount of time to dry internally. Get a tube of dry graphite lock lube and put a single small shot into the lock. This should keep it going for quite a while. Amazon sells the cylinders with the wafer sets and you can code your own lock cylinder much cheaper than the dealer.

I have links and instructions for the coding exercise.

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Old 03-27-2013, 04:05 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info...also the dealer gave me the code number.

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Old 03-27-2013, 05:58 PM   #10
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Code number can be turned into the actual cut code which is what you need to key the lock.

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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I found the CRC spray but I couldn't find any graphite powder.Any suggestions?I live in Phoenix so stores shouldn't be a problem.

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:39 PM   #12
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Just about any locksmith should have the dry graphite, do not use a liquid or spray. Play with it so you can control the amount as you want just a very light dust, too much wi bind up the lock.

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:52 PM   #13
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Blaster makes a dry graphite lube you can get at homedepot. My cylinder tends to stick and doesn't want to pop back out. Over the years I have lost all my original keys and am using a 2nd or 3rd generation copy. http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/2025975...1#.UVOhwxykq8Q

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Old 03-27-2013, 09:25 PM   #14
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Thanks guys for the suggestions.Oldnuc I saw the cylinder on Amazon.It's like $50 shipped.What is the little clip in the picture?What should I expect to pay to have paired with my new key?TIA.

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You have to get the correct cylinder. If you can find a good shop they will sell you the cylinder, code it, and install for not much more than those amazon prices.

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Old 03-27-2013, 11:29 PM   #16
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Guess I'll be making some phone calls tomorrow. Will update.

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Yes, that is the way to do it.

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